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Case No. 19-1995

In the Interest of R.B., Minor Child

B.D., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Nicholas E. Hay

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Andrew Thalacker

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Fayette County, Linnea M.N. Nichol, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (8 pages)

            A mother appeals from a district court order terminating her parental rights over her daughter. OPINION HOLDS: The district court’s denial of an extension was appropriate in light of several continuances and the mother’s positive test for methamphetamine one week prior to the termination hearing.  We agree with the district court’s finding that termination is in R.B.’s best interests, and we decline to avoid the termination by employing the permissive exception in Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(c) (2019).

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