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Posted by: Landry Butler on Apr 18, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Jennifer Luther, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Robert P. G., II.

Attorneys 2:

Roger A. Woolsey, Greeneville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Mikeal R. T. and Jennifer N. J. T.

Judge(s): DINKINS

This case to terminate the parental rights of a father to his daughter is before the court for the second time. The case began when the mother and stepfather filed the petition to terminate the father’s rights and for the stepfather to adopt the child. The petition alleged the grounds of abandonment by failure to visit and support and by engaging in conduct showing a wanton disregard for the welfare of the child, and asserted that termination was in the child’s best interest. After a hearing, father’s parental rights were terminated; Father appealed. This Court vacated the judgment terminating his rights and remanded the case for the trial court to include written findings of fact and conclusions of law and to consider the four months prior to the father’s incarceration in the determination of whether the father had abandoned the child. On remand, the court entered an order which included findings of fact and conclusions of law, and terminated father’s parental rights on the grounds alleged in the petition and upon a finding that termination was in the child’s best interest. The father appeals. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

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