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Case No. 19-0006

In the Interest of B.S., Minor Child

G.S., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Justin R. Wyatt

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for Appellees Intervenors

Katherine Murphy

Guardian ad litem

Vicki Danley

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Page County, Amy L. Zacharias, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by McDonald, J.  (9 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights in her child.  OPINION HOLDS:  The child could not be returned to the mother’s care at the time of termination.  She did not receive ineffective assistance of counsel because she cannot establish prejudice from the alleged breach.  Her right to equal protection was not violated because she was treated equally to those similarly situated to her.  Termination is in the child’s best interest and the need for removal would likely remain at the end of an additional six-month period.

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