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Case No. 18-2142

In the Interest of S.A., Minor Child

M.A., Father-Appellant

T.K., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jeremy M. Evans

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Stephen K. Allison

Shawn Smith

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

ConGarry D. Williams

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 19, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Romonda Belcher, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, P.J.  (7 pages)

            The mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their daughter, S.A., who was born in December 2015.  The juvenile court terminated both the mother’s and the father’s parental rights pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2018).  Both parents argue the State failed to prove the statutory grounds by clear and convincing evidence.  The mother also argues that the court should have granted a six-month deferment instead of termination.    OPINION HOLDS: Clear and convincing evidence supports the termination of both the mother’s and father’s parental rights.  The juvenile court properly denied the mother’s request for a six-month deferral.  We affirm on both appeals.

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