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Case No. 18-0728

In the Interest of M.M. and I.M., Minor Children

C.J., Mother-Petitioner-Appellee

G.M., Father-Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Robert F. Bozwell, Jr.

Attorney for Appellee

Steven E. Goodlow

Guardian ad litem

Kevin S. Maughan

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 05, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Monroe County, William S. Owens, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (7 pages)

            A father appeals from the termination of his parental rights to two children on private petition by their mother.  OPINION HOLDS: The mother showed by clear and convincing evidence the father abandoned the children by rejecting the duties imposed by a parent-child relationship, largely due to his abuse of illegal drugs.  The mother also showed by clear and convincing evidence the children’s best interests are served by allowing them to remain in their current situation with their mother and stepfather, who wishes to adopt them.  We affirm.  

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