IN RE RICKY GANN JR MINOR

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Download PDF STATE OF MICHIGAN COURT OF APPEALS In the Matter of R.G., Minor. FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY, UNPUBLISHED September 27, 2002 Petitioner-Appellee, v No. 239480 Jackson Circuit Court Family Division LC No. 00-004938-NA CASEY GANN, Respondent-Appellant, and RICKY GANN, Respondent. In the Matter of R.G., Minor. FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY, Petitioner-Appellee, v No. 239837 Jackson Circuit Court Family Division LC No. 00-004938-NA RICKY GANN, Respondent-Appellant, and CASEY GANN, Respondent. Before: Whitbeck, C.J., and Sawyer and Kelly, JJ. -1- MEMORANDUM. Respondents-appellants appeal as of right from the circuit court order terminating their parental rights to the minor child under MCL 712A.19b(3)(c)(i) and (g). Their appeals have been consolidated for our review. This case is being decided without oral argument pursuant to MCR 7.214(E). We affirm. In making a termination decision, the trial court must engage in a two-step analysis. First, it must determine if a statutory ground for termination has been established by clear and convincing evidence. In re Sours Minors, 459 Mich 624, 632; 593 NW2d 520 (1999). Second, if a statutory ground has been established, the trial court must terminate parental rights unless there exists clear evidence on the whole record that it is not in the child’s best interests to terminate parental rights. In re Trejo Minors, 462 Mich 341, 354; 603 NW2d 787 (2000). The Court has carefully reviewed the record on appeal, the opinion of the trial court, and the parties’ briefs. We are not persuaded that the trial court erred in finding that the statutory grounds for termination were met and that it was in the best interests of the child to terminate the parental rights. Accordingly, we find no abuse of discretion by the trial court in terminating respondents’ parental rights. Affirmed. /s/ William C. Whitbeck /s/ David H. Sawyer /s/ Kirsten Frank Kelly -2-