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Case No. 20-0269

In the Interest of M.B., Minor Child

J.B., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Andrea B. McGinn

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for Minor Child

Teresa Marie Pope

Guardian ad Litem

Erin Mayfield

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 01, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Susan Cox, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (4 pages)

            A father appeals a juvenile court review order asking the department of human services to commence a child protective assessment investigating him for possible child abuse of one daughter, after the daughter raised concerns about his recent actions to the court.  He also challenges the juvenile court’s suspension of his visitation with the child until completion of the investigation.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the father did not object to the order on the child protective assessment below, we do not address it on appeal.  We also find the visitation suspension is moot because the father subsequently was arrested and incarcerated and was evicted from his apartment, requiring a new assessment of his visitation.  We affirm. 

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