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Case No. 19-1359

In the Interest of Q.N., Minor Child

B.K., Mother-Appellant

J.N., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Bryan J. Tingle

Attorney for Appellant Father

Terzo R. Steves

Attorney for Appellee State

Anna T. Stoeffler (until withdrawal) and Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorneys General

Guardian ad Litem

William E. Sales

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 09, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Marion County, Steven Guiter, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., Greer, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Scott, S.J.  (6 pages)

            Parents separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child.  They each challenge the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the statutory ground for termination cited by the juvenile court, argue termination is not in the best interests of the child due to the closeness of the parent-child bonds, maintain the court should have applied statutory exceptions to termination, and request a six-month extension to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the State met its burden for termination, termination serves the child’s best interests, and applying exceptions or granting an extension is unwarranted.  We affirm termination of the parents’ parental rights.

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