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Case No. 20-0772

In the Interest of D.W., R.W., and M.W., Minor Children

C.W., Father-Petitioner-Appellee

M.W., Mother-Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Amanda Heims

Attorney for Appellee Father

Alexander E. Wonio and Tyler R. Smith

Guardian ad Litem

Donna K. Bothwell

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 17, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cass County, Jennifer A. Benson, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., and May and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by May, J.  (10 pages)

            A mother appeals the private termination of her parental rights to three of her children.  OPINION HOLDS: The mother waived her challenge to the father’s failure to comply with Iowa Rule of Civil Procedure 1.500(3)(b).  The juvenile court properly took judicial notice of child-in-need-of-assistance proceedings involving the family.  The mother abandoned the children pursuant to Iowa Code section 600A.8(3)(b) (2019), and termination is in the children’s best interests.

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