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Case No. 20-0239

In the Interest of N.B., Minor Child

J.K., Father-Appellant

B.B., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Joseph G. Martin

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Andrew C. Abbott

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Melissa A. Anderson-Seeber

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 01, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David F. Staudt, Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (5 pages)

            A mother and a father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child.  OPINION HOLDS: I. Clear and convincing evidence shows that returning the child to the mother’s care will expose the child to a harm warranting a new child-in-need-of-assistance adjudication.  The grounds for terminating the mother’s parental rights under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2019) have been met.  The child is not so closely bonded with the mother that termination of her parental rights would be detrimental to the child.  Because termination is in the child’s best interests, we affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.  II. We deny the father’s request to delay permanency six months because the issues that led to the child’s removal would continue to exist at the end of the six months.  We affirm the termination of the father’s parental rights.

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