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Case No. 22-1533

In the Interest of X.M. and B.M., Minor Children


S.M., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Judith M. O'Donohoe

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Mark A. Milder

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 07, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Floyd County, Karen Kaufman Salic, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Ahlers and Buller, JJ.  Opinion by Buller, J.  (12 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: The State proved at least one statutory ground for termination, termination is in the best interests of the children, and no exception precludes termination.  We also find that the juvenile court judge did not abuse her discretion in denying the father’s motion for recusal and that delaying termination and our decision on appeal until resolution of the father’s criminal appeal is not appropriate.

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