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Case No. 19-2005

In the Interest of M.D., Minor Child

W.D., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Annette F. Martin

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kathryn E. Davis

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Cynthia S. Finley, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Mullins, J., and Carr, S.J.  Opinion by Carr, S.J.  (4 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her child.  OPINION HOLDS: Clear and convincing evidence shows the child cannot be returned to the mother’s custody without exposing the child to the threat of probable harm based on the mother’s continued substance use.  Termination is in the child’s best interests, and nothing in the record supports a finding that the child is so bonded with the mother that terminating her parental rights would be detrimental to the child.  Because nothing in the record indicates the need for removal would be eliminated if the mother were granted additional time, we affirm the termination of her parental rights.

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