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Case No. 22-0057

In the Interest of L.E., Minor Child

C.E., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Heidi D. Van Winkle

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kimberly A. Auge

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 13, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Des Moines County, Emily S. Dean, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (4 pages)

            A mother and child appeal the termination of the mother’s parental rights to the child, born in 2010.  Both contend the district court “erred in finding that an additional period of time would not correct the situation”; the State failed to prove the child could not be returned to the mother’s custody pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2021); and termination was not in the child’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights to the child.

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