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Case No. 18-1470

In the Interest of A.G., Minor Child

B.G., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jenna K. Lain

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Bryan J. Tingle

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 20, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Decatur County, Monty Franklin, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Vogel, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Doyle, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (6 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his child, arguing (1) the State failed to prove the ground for termination cited by the district court and (2) termination is not in the child’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the first issue dispositive.  We conclude the State failed to prove the child could not be returned to the father’s custody.  We reverse the order terminating his parental rights to the child and remand for dismissal of the petition.

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