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Case No. 20-0012

In the Interest of K.L., Minor Child

K.R., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Barbara E. Maness

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Jack E. Dusthimer

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Christine Dalton Ploof, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (6 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to, K.L., one of her four children.  OPINION HOLDS: Although the risk of adjudicatory harm to the three oldest children is low, clear and convincing evidence shows K.L. would be at risk if returned to the mother’s care, satisfying the grounds for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2019).  Because the State made reasonable efforts to return the child to the mother’s custody and granting the mother additional time would not eliminate the need for the child’s removal, we affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights to K.L.

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