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Case No. 19-1658

In the Interest of C.W., Minor Child

J.G., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Ryan M. Dale

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Abby Davison

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 05, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Harrison County, Jennifer A. Benson, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (13 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his minor child, born in February 2018.  He argues: (1) the juvenile court abused its discretion and violated his due process rights in denying his motions to continue the termination hearing, (2) the court erred in denying his motion for records, (3) the court erred in taking judicial notice of a prior child-welfare case as well as two criminal cases, (4) the State provided insufficient evidence to support termination, (5) termination is not in the child’s best interests because he loves the child “and there is a closeness there,” and (6) the Iowa Department of Human Services failed to make reasonable efforts at reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the father’s parental rights.

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