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Posted by: Landry Butler on Aug 2, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Russell Clay Tribble, Cookeville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Tonya V.

Attorneys 2:

Daniel James Barnes, Sparta, Tennessee, for the appellant, Scotty S.

Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General and Reporter, and Brian A. Pierce, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Kelsy Austin Miller, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge(s): GIBSON

This appeal involves the termination of two parents’ parental rights to their daughter. The trial court found by clear and convincing evidence that four grounds for termination existed with regard to the father and six grounds existed with regard to the mother. The trial court also found it to be in the child’s best interest to terminate parental rights. Mother and Father appealed, raising the issues of whether grounds existed for termination and whether it was in the child’s best interest to terminate. After reviewing the evidence, we reverse the trial court’s finding regarding one ground for termination asserted against Mother, but we otherwise affirm the trial court’s order as to Mother and affirm the termination of Mother’s parental rights. Based on a jurisdictional defect, we dismiss the appeal as to Father.