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Case No. 21-0002

In the Interest of L.F., Minor Child

C.F., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Christine E. Branstad 

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for Father

Jesse A. Macro Jr. 

Guardian ad Litem

Shannon M. Leighty

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 14, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Story County, Stephen A. Owen, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Tabor, J., and Vogel, S.J.  Opinion by Vogel, S.J.  (11 pages)

            The mother appeals from the juvenile court order dismissing a child-in-need-of-assistance (CINA) action.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the father continues to minimize and deny his sexual misconduct, and because the child has limited ability to recognize and communicate any sexual misconduct she may experience in order to self-protect, the purposes of the CINA adjudication have not been accomplished and the child remains in need of juvenile court supervision.  Therefore, we reverse the juvenile court order dismissing the CINA action and remand for further proceedings. 

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