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Case No. 20-1512

In the Interest of J.J., Minor Child

S.M., Mother-Appellant

T.J., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Shireen L. Carter

Attorney for Appellant Father

Marc A. Elcock

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Tamara Knight

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 21, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clarke County, Monty Franklin, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (4 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child, arguing (1) termination was not in the child’s best interests and (2) the court should have invoked an exception to termination based on the child’s placement with a relative.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of parental rights to the child.

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