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Case No. 20-1126

In the Interest of B.F., Minor Child

J.F., Father of B.F.-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Crystal L. Ely

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Carrie J. Rodriguez

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 16, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Hancock County, Karen Kaufman Salic, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., Tabor, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  (17 pages)

            The father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his eight-year-old daughter under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(e) and (f) (2020).  OPINION HOLDS: The State failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence a nexus between the father’s marijuana use and an appreciable risk of adjudicatory harm to the child so as to support termination of parental rights.

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