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Case No. 19-0343

In the Interest of C.S., Minor Child

J.S., Father-Appellant

C.S., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Steven L. Cooper

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Agnes G. Warutere

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

John Jellineck

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 19, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Colin J. Witt, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (4 pages)

            A mother and father appeal the termination of their parental rights to their minor child, contending (1) the record lacks clear and convincing evidence to support the ground for termination cited by the juvenile court; (2) termination is not in the child’s best interests; and (3) the juvenile court should have declined to terminate their parental rights based on the closeness of the parent-child bonds.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude reunification with either parent is not an option.  Given the father’s violent propensities and both parents’ continued drug use, termination is in the child’s best interests.  Additionally, the juvenile court acted appropriately in declining to invoke the parent-child bond exception to termination.  Accordingly, we affirm the termination of the parents’ rights to the child.

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