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Posted by: Landry Butler on Dec 2, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Kimberly Ruth Grace, Jefferson City, Tennessee, for the appellant, R.B.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter, and Rachel Erin Buckler, Assistant Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children's Services.

Judge(s): GIBSON

This appeal involves the termination of a father's parental rights. The father is currently serving an eight-year sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted child rape, with the victims being the child at issue and her older half-sister. The trial court terminated the father's parental rights upon finding by clear and convincing evidence that six grounds for termination were proven and that termination was in the best interest of the child. We vacate the trial court's findings as to three grounds but affirm the trial court's findings regarding the remaining three grounds and affirm the best interest finding. We accordingly affirm the trial court's order as modified and uphold the termination of the father's parental rights.