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Case No. 18-1335

In the Interest of M.A., Minor Child

M.A., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Kathryn E. Davis

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Anthony A. Haughton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 10, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Jason A. Burns, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Vogel, J.  (8 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to M.A., born January 2015.  She argues the State failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that grounds for termination exist under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(g) or (h) (2017), termination is not in the best interests of the child, and the strong bond between her and her child precludes termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(3).  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the State proved by clear and convincing evidence the grounds for termination of the mother’s parental rights.  Additionally, we find termination is in the best interests of the child and any bond between the mother and M.A. does not preclude termination.

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