IN RE SETH B., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Sep 14, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert L. Huddleston, Maryville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Antwoine O.; and Elizabeth A. Brady, Sevierville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Elizabeth E.

Attorneys 2:

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

Judge(s): ARMSTRONG

This is a termination of parental rights case. Mother/Appellant appeals the termination of her parental rights to the minor children on the grounds of: (1) abandonment by an incarcerated parent by wanton disregard; (2) abandonment by willful failure to provide a suitable home; (3) failure to substantially comply with the reasonable requirements of the permanency plan; and (4) persistence of the conditions that led to the children’s removal from Mother’s home. Mother also appeals the trial court’s finding that termination of her parental rights is in the children’s best interests. Father/Appellant appeals the termination of his parental rights to the minor children on the grounds of: (1) abandonment by willful failure to provide a suitable home; (2) failure to substantially comply with the reasonable requirements of the permanency plan; and (3) persistence of conditions that led to the children’s removal from Father’s home. Father also appeals the trial court’s finding that termination of his parental rights is in the children’s best interests. Because grounds for termination of both Mother’s and Father’s parental rights are met by clear and convincing evidence, and there is also clear and convincing evidence that termination of Mother’s and Father’s parental rights is in the best interests of the children, we affirm.

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