IN RE DA’VANTE M., ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Dec 12, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

James M. Judkins, Smithville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Craig M.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slatery, III, Attorney General and Reporter, and Jordan K. Crews, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Sheila L. O’Regan, Guardian Ad Litem.

Judge(s): SWINEY

This appeal concerns termination of a father’s parental rights. The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) filed a petition in the Juvenile Court for Jackson County (“the Juvenile Court”) seeking to terminate the parental rights of Craig M. (“Father”) to his three minor children Da’Vante, Brandon, and Leaddra (“the Children”). After a trial, the Juvenile Court entered an order terminating Father’s parental rights on the grounds of failure to provide a suitable home, substantial noncompliance with the permanency plans, and persistent conditions. The Juvenile Court also found that termination of Father’s parental rights is in the Children’s best interest. Father appeals to this Court. We affirm the judgment of the Juvenile Court.