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Case No. 18-1339

In the Interest of L.H., Minor Child

D.M., Mother-Appellant

T.H., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Amanda J. Heims

Attorney for Appellant Father

Kyle J. McGinn

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti

Guardian ad litem

Roberta J. Megel

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-1339
Date Published:
Sep 26, 2018
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Craig M. Dreismeier, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (6 pages)

            A mother and father appeal the termination of their parental rights to a child, born in 2016.  The mother contends (A) the State failed to prove the grounds for termination cited by the district court, (B) the termination hearing should have been postponed, and (C) the district court should have declined to terminate her parental rights based on the closeness of the parent-child bond.  The father contends (A) the State failed to prove the grounds for termination cited by the district court and (B) termination was not in the child’s best interests given the closeness of the parent-child bond.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the parents’ rights to the child.

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