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Case No. 20-0058

In the Interest of M.M., L.C., and C.C., Minor Children

V.S., Mother-Appellant

M.M., Father of M.M.-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Meegan M. Keller

Attorney for Appellant Father

Larry J. Pettigrew

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Shane O'Toole

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 18, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jasper County, Steven J. Holwerda, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (8 pages)

            A mother of three children and the father of one of the children separately appeal the termination of their parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: We find there is clear and convincing evidence in the record to support termination of the parents’ rights.  On the mother’s claim, we find termination of her parental rights is in the children’s best interests.  The father claims the court should have applied an exception to termination, and we find the court properly denied his claim.  Accordingly, we affirm the decision of the juvenile court.

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