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Case No. 21-0405

In the Interest of H.S. and H.S., Minor Children

C.S., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Peter Stiefel (until withdrawal) 

Rebecca Petig

Attorney for Appellee State

Toby J. Gordon, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Robert W. Davison

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 21, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Iowa County, Russell G. Keast, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., May, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Scott, S.J.  (9 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her two children—Ha., born in 2018; and Hu., born in 2019—pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2020).  She challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the ground for termination, argues termination is contrary to the children’s best interests, asserts the court should have applied the exception to termination contained in Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(c), and requests additional time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.

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