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Case No. 20-0573

In the Interest of A.R., M.T., I.T., L.M., and M.M., Minor Children

K.R., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Shane P. O'Toole

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Dusty Clements

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 02, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jasper County, Steven J. Holwerda, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (10 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her five children, A.R., M.T., I.T., L,M., and M.M., who ranged in ages from nine to one years old, respectively, at the time of the March 2020 termination hearing.  The juvenile court terminated her rights under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(b), (e), (f), and (h) (2020).  On appeal, the mother challenges the statutory grounds for termination, argues the loss of her rights is not in the children’s best interests, and maintains termination would harm the children so the parent-child relationships should be saved.  Alternatively, she maintains she should be given six more months to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights to all five children.

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