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Case No. 19-2024

In the Interest of A.H. and J.H., Minor Children

J.H., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

J. Joseph Narmi

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Katherine J. Murphy

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mills County, Scott Strait, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Ahlers, J., and Danilson, S.J.  Opinion by Danilson, S.J.  (9 pages)

                A father appeals the juvenile court order terminating his parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS:  We conclude the juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in denying the father’s motion to reopen the record.  There is clear and convincing evidence to support termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2019).  It would not be in the children’s best interests to further delay this case.  Additionally, none of the factors in section 232.116(3) should be applied to prevent termination.  We affirm the decision of the juvenile court.

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