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Case No. 20-0592

In the Interest of H.B. and K.B., Minor Children

L.B., Father-Appellant

B.C., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Edward S. Fishman

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Kelsey Knight

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

ConGarry D. Williams

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 17, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Susan Cox, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., Greer, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Scott, S.J.  (9 pages)

            Parents separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their two children pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2019).  Both parents challenge the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the statutory ground for termination cited by the juvenile court, argue termination is contrary to the children’s best interests, and maintain the court should have applied the exception to termination contained in Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(c).  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of both parents’ parental rights.

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