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Case No. 18-1674

In the Interest of T.A., Minor Child

T.A., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Charles E. Isaacson

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha L. Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Kayla Ann J. Stratton

Attorney for Intervenors

Jessica A. Millage

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-1674
Date Published:
Feb 06, 2019
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dallas County, Virginia Cobb, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (8 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his child.  OPINION HOLDS:  The State failed to prove the grounds for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(d) (2018) because the juvenile court never found the child was physically or sexually abused or neglected.  The State failed to prove the grounds for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(e) because the evidence was insufficient to establish that the father failed to maintain significant and meaningful contact with the child.  The State failed to prove the grounds for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) because it failed to show a nexus between the father’s conduct and an appreciable risk of adjudicatory harm. 

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