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Posted by: Landry Butler on Apr 17, 2018

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Andrew E. Bateman, Athens, Tennessee, for the appellant, M.A.W.

Attorneys 2:

Randy Sellers, Cleveland, Tennessee, for the appellees, J.B.H., H.D.H., M.W.G., and S.A.G.

Judge(s): SUSANO

In this termination of parental rights case, J.B.H. and H.D.H. (prospective parents) filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of M.A.W. (mother) and E.R.W. (father) in order to adopt two of their minor children, T.W. and B.W. (the children). S.A.G. (grandmother) and M.W.G. (grandfather) are the maternal grandparents of the children. They joined the prospective parents as co-petitioners. The trial court found clear and convincing evidence that mother and father abandoned their children by willfully failing to visit and support them during the relevant statutory time frame. By the same quantum of proof, the court also determined that termination is in the best interest of the children. Consequently, the court entered an order terminating the parents’ rights. Mother appeals the trial court’s order terminating her rights. We reverse.