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Case No. 18-1442

In the Interest of B.C., Minor Child

H.C., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Joel T.S. Greer

Attorney for Appellee

Larry Pettigrew

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 20, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Story County, Stephen A. Owen, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and McDonald, JJ., but decided by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (10 pages)

            A guardian appeals the district court’s dismissal of his petition to terminate a mother’s parental rights under Iowa Code chapter 600A (2018), upon its conclusion termination would not be in the child’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the district court that the guardian did not carry his evidentiary burden to show termination is in the child’s best interests.  Consequently, we affirm the court’s ruling dismissing the termination petition.

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