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Case No. 22-1484

In the Interest of M.M., Minor Child

E.C., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Deborah M. Skelton

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Melody Butz

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 02, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Tama County, Casey D. Jones, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Ahlers, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Potterfield, S.J.  (4 pages)

            The juvenile court terminated the mother’s rights to M.M.—born in 2017—under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(d), (f), (i), and (l) (2022).  The mother appeals, challenging each of the statutory grounds for termination, asserting the loss of her rights is not in the child’s best interests, and urging us to apply an exception to termination to save the parent-child relationship.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights to M.M. under section 232.116(1)(f). 

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