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Case No. 18-1512

In the Interest of M.L., Minor Child

I.L., Father-Appellant

A.F., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Mark A. Milder

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Stephanie A. Sailer

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Andrew C. Abbott

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 24, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David F. Staudt, Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Doyle, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (5 pages)

            A mother and a father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the child could not be returned to the parents’ custody at the time of the termination hearing, clear and convincing evidence establishes the grounds for termination pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2018).  The evidence also shows that termination is in the child’s best interests and a delay of six months is unwarranted.  Accordingly, we affirm the termination of both the mother’s and the father’s parental rights.

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