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Case No. 18-1433

In the Interest of K.C., Minor Child

S.K., Mother-Petitioner-Appellee

P.C., Father-Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Britt Gagne

Attorney for Appellee

Katie M. Naset

Guardian ad Litem

Eric W. Manning

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Dustria A. Relph, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Mullins and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, P.J.  (7 pages)

            A father appeals from the private termination of his parental rights, contending the evidence of abandonment is insufficient.  He also maintains his retained counsel provided ineffective assistance.  OPINION HOLDS: Despite his subjective interest in the child, there is clear and convincing evidence the father did not attempt to maintain any contact with the child from 2010 to 2017.  The father has failed to prove counsel was ineffective.  We therefore affirm the termination of the father’s rights.

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