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Case No. 18-1725

In the Interest of L.S., Minor Child

S.S.-W., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Zachary C. Priebe

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Brent Pattison

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 05, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Susan Cox, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (7 pages)

            A mother appeals a juvenile court order terminating her parental rights to her minor child.  She challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to support termination, argues termination is not in the best interests of the child, and contends the statutory exception to termination contained in Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(c) (2018) should be applied to preclude termination.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the State met its burden for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h), termination is in the child’s best interests, and the mother failed to meet her burden to establish a statutory exception to termination.  We therefore affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights. 

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