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Case No. 20-1555

In the Interest of A.O. and B.O., Minor Children

M.M., Mother-Appellant

R.O., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Mandy L. Whiddon

Attorney for Appellant Father

Kyle E. Focht

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Marti Nerenstone

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 17, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Scott Strait, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by May, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (9 pages)

            The father and mother separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their children, A.O. and B.O., born in 2014 and 2012, respectively.  The father’s rights were terminated pursuant to Iowa Code section 231.116(1)(e), (f), and (l) (2020).  The mother’s rights were terminated pursuant to section 231.116(1)(e) and (f).  Both parents challenge the sufficiency of evidence supporting the statutory grounds for termination.  Each parent also challenges whether termination is in the children’s best interests and maintain an exception to termination should be applied to save the parent-child relationships.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of both parents’ parental rights. 

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