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Case No. 21-0507

In the Interest of L.J., Minor Child

S.J., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Nicholas Einwalter

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Paul White

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 20, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly S. Ayotte, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (4 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his child, born in 2020.  He argues (1) the State failed to prove two of the three grounds for termination cited by the district court; (2) termination was not in the child’s best interests; and (3) the court should have granted an exception to termination.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the district court’s termination of the father’s parental rights to the child.

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