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Case No. 19-0171

In the Interest of E.D., Minor Child

J.D., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Robert W. Davison

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Annette Martin

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 17, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Benton County, Cynthia S. Finley, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vogel, C.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (7 pages)

            A mother appeals from the order terminating her parental rights to her child.  OPINION HOLDS: Clear and convincing evidence shows that the child could not be returned to the mother’s care at the time of the termination hearing, establishing the grounds for terminating the mother’s parental rights under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2018).  Because the statutory time period has passed and there is no evidence the bond between the child and the mother is so great that terminating it would be detrimental to the child, termination is in the child’s best interests.  Accordingly, we affirm.

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