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Case No. 18-1029

In the Interest of B.M., Minor Child

L.O., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Jacqueline L. Grotewold

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Philip J. De Koster

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 26, 2018

           Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Sioux County, Robert J. Dull, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  Dissent by Vogel, J.  (20 pages)

            A mother appeals the juvenile court order terminating her parental rights. OPINION HOLDS: We find the State failed to prove the alleged statutory grounds for termination by clear and convincing evidence. We reverse the juvenile court’s termination order and remand for further proceedings.  DISSENT ASSERTS: I would affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.  I believe the State proved by clear and convincing evidence B.M. could not be returned to the care of the mother at the time of the termination hearing.

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