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Case No. 18-2080

In the Interest of T.S., Minor Child

M.D., Intervenor-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Intervenor

Amanda Heims

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Karen L. Mailander

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 20, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cass County, Amy L. Zacharias, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (8 pages)

            Malasondra, the paternal grandmother of T.S., appeals the order denying her motion to intervene in the termination-of-parental-rights proceedings.  She contends the juvenile court wrongly denied her motion and wants to be considered as an adoptive home for T.S.  OPINION HOLDS: As the juvenile court previously determined, Malasondra has demonstrated a lack of protective capacity in relation to her son’s sexual abuse of her daughter.  As such, it would be inconsistent with T.S.’s best interests to consider Malasondra a placement for adoption purposes.  Malasondra has not demonstrated an interest in the proceedings, and the court did not err in denying her motion to intervene. 

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