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Case No. 18-1251

In the Interest of B.H. and J.R., Minor Children

J.H., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Mary Baird Krafka

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Samuel K. Erhardt

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wapello County, William Owens, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, P.J.  (8 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to B.H. and J.R., born in 2008 and 2009, respectively.  The mother maintains there is not clear and convincing evidence the children could not be returned to her care at the time of the termination hearing, termination is not in the children’s best interests, and the district court erred in admitting hearsay evidence.  OPINION HOLDS: The juvenile court’s admission of messages between the mother and her paramour is not improper in juvenile proceedings.  The children cannot be returned to the mother’s care, and termination of her parental rights is in their best interests.  We affirm.

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