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Case No. 18-1346

In the Interest of C.O., Minor Child

K.O., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Francis P. Hurley

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit and John McCormally (until withdrawal), Assistant Attorneys General

Guardian ad litem

Karl Wolle

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Romonda D. Belcher, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vogel, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Vogel, C.J.  (6 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to C.O., born in August 2017.  She argues the State failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that grounds for termination exist under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(b), (e), (g), and (h) (2018).  In addition, she asserts termination is not in the best interests of the child and the willingness of a relative to assume legal custody precludes termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(a).  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the State proved by clear and convincing evidence the grounds for termination of the mother’s parental rights, termination is in the best interests of the child, and nothing in the record precludes termination.

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