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Case No. 21-1744

In the Interest of R.G., Minor Child

L.G., Mother-Petitioner-Appellee

T.B., Father-Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Teresa Pope

Attorney for Appellee

Elizabeth Kellner-Nelson

Guardian ad Litem

Sarah E. Dewein

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 15, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dallas County, Virginia Cobb, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (10 pages)

            Thomas appeals the private termination of his parental rights, contending he did not abandon his child and that termination was not in the child’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: The child’s mother, Lindsay, failed to provide clear and convincing evidence of abandonment.  Having failed to meet her burden, we do not consider Thomas’s best-interests argument.  We reverse and remand.

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