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Case No. 22-0166

In the Interest of C.W., Minor Child

M.B., Petitioner-Appellee

C.S., Father-Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant 

Jessica R. Noll

Attorney for Appellee Mother

David L. Gill

Attorney for Appellee M.B.

Maxine M. Buckmeier, self-represented

Guardian ad Litem

Kelsey Bauerly Langel

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 17, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Mark C. Cord III, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (9 pages)

            The father appeals the private termination of his parental rights in an action brought by the child’s legal custodian to allow the child’s adoption.  The child’s mother, who voluntarily terminated her rights, joins the custodian in supporting termination of the father’s rights based on abandonment.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the custodian proved the father’s actions did not show a commitment to the child when he knew of the mother’s pregnancy nor after the child’s birth, the custodian proved abandonment.  We affirm.

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