IN RE HARRIS MINORAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of DESTINY HARRIS, Minor.
FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY,
July 17, 1998
Wayne Juvenile Court
LC No. 90-482599
Before: Murphy, P.J., and Young, Jr. and M. R. Smith*, JJ.
The juvenile court terminated respondent-appellant’s parental rights to the minor child under
MCL 712A.19b(3)(a)(ii) and (c)(i); MSA 27.3178(598.19b)(3)(a)(ii) and (c)(i). She appeals as of
right. We affirm.
In order to terminate parental rights, the probate 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). The trial
* Circuit judge, sitting on the Court of Appeals by assignment.
court’s decision regarding termination is reviewed in its entirety for clear error. In re Hall-Smith, supra
The juvenile court did not clearly err in finding that the statutory grounds for termination were
established by clear and convincing evidence. Further, respondent-appellant advanced no evidence that
termination was not clearly in the best interests of the child. Thus, the juvenile court did not err in
terminating respondent-appellant’s parental rights. Id.
/s/ William B. Murphy
/s/ Robert P. Young, Jr.
/s/ Michael R. Smith