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Case No. 19-1913

In the Interest of A.P., Minor Child

D.C., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Raya D. Dimitrova

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Erin Mayfield

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 23, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Colin J. Witt, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (6 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to one child under Iowa Code section 232.116(1), paragraphs (e) and (h) (2019).  He argues the court should have given him more time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the father was incarcerated and had no clear idea when he would be released, he cannot begin caring for the child at the present and the record offers no assurance he would be able to in a reasonable amount of time.  Termination serves the child’s best interests.  We affirm. 

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