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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jan 26, 2018

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Frank Deslaurier, Covington, Tennessee, for the appellant, Anthony O.

Attorneys 2:

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

Michael H. Willis, Covington, Tennessee, Guardian ad Litem.

Judge(s): STAFFORD

The trial court terminated Father’s parental rights on the ground of abandonment by demonstrating a wanton disregard for his child’s welfare. DCS failed to offer evidence that Father knew of the child’s existence when Father was engaging in the behavior that demonstrated wanton disregard. Accordingly, we reverse the termination of Father’s parental rights.