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Posted by: Landry Butler on May 24, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Lee R. Sparks, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellant, Kelsey K.

Attorneys 2:

Joseph T. Howell, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee, James C. and Sarah C.

Judge(s): CLEMENT

This appeal arises from the termination of Mother’s parental rights. The child was removed from Mother’s custody in November 2013, when the child was twelve months old, after Mother and the child tested positive for drugs. On the petition of the Department of Children’s Services, the juvenile court adjudicated the child dependent and neglected based on the finding that Mother committed severe child abuse as defined in Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-102. In September 2014, DCS placed the child in the custody of Petitioners. One year later, Petitioners filed a petition to terminate Mother’s parental rights. The juvenile court terminated Mother’s parental rights on the ground of severe child abuse and the finding that termination of her rights was in the child’s best interest. Mother appealed. We affirm.