IN RE ALYSSA W., ET AL - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Dec 14, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Berry Foster, Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the appellant, Edwin B.

Attorneys 2:

Herbert H. Slattery, III, Attorney General and Reporter; Ellison M. Berryhill, Assistant Attorney General, for the appellee, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Judge(s): DINKINS

The Department of Children’s Services initiated a proceeding to have four children declared dependent and neglected; the children were so determined, and in a separate proceeding, the Department sought to terminate the rights of the parents of the children. The rights of the father of three of the children were terminated on the grounds of substantial noncompliance with the permanency plans, persistence of conditions, and severe child abuse; the court also determined that termination was in the children’s best interest. After a thorough review of the record, we reverse the ground of persistence of conditions and affirm the remaining grounds and the holding that termination of Father’s rights is in the best interest of the children.