IN RE BYRD SHELTON MINORSAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of BILLIE JEAN BYRD and ARDELL
FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY,
June 12, 1998
Wayne Juvenile Court
LC No. 83-236849
WALTER SHELTON and JOHN
SHELTON, a/k/a JACKY BLEDSOE,
Before: Wahls, P.J., and Jansen and Gage, JJ.
The juvenile court entered an order terminating the parental rights of respondent-appellant to the
two minor children under MCL 712A.19b(3)(c)(i), (g) and (j); MSA 27.3178(598.19b) (3)(c)(i), (g)
and (j). Respondent-appellant appeals as of right. We affirm.
In order to terminate parental rights, the court must find that at least one of the statutory grounds
for termination has been met by clear and convincing evidence. In re McIntyre, 192 Mich App 47, 50;
480 NW2d 293 (1991). Once a statutory ground for termination has been met by clear and convincing
evidence, the court shall order termination of parental rights, unless the court finds that termination of
parental rights is clearly not in the best interests of the child. MCL 712A.19b(5); MSA
27.3178(598.19b)(5); In re Hall-Smith, 222 Mich App 470, 473; 564 NW2d 156 (1997).
Here, the juvenile court did not clearly err in finding that the statutory grounds for termination
were established by clear and convincing evidence. MCR 5.974(I); In re McIntyre, supra at 50.
Further, respondent-appellant failed to show that termination of her parental rights was clearly not in the
children’s best interest. In re Hall-Smith, supra. Thus, the juvenile court did not err in terminating
respondent-appellant’s parental rights.
/s/ Myron H. Wahls
/s/ Kathleen Jansen
/s/ Hilda R. Gage