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In the Interest of W.B., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Aaron H. Ginkens
Attorney for Appellee State
Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
Brent M. Pattison
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Susan Cox, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Tabor, JJ. Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J. (7 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her child, born in 2008. She contends (1) the record lacks clear and convincing evidence the child could not be returned to her custody; (2) termination was not in the child’s best interests; (3) termination was inappropriate, given the child’s preferences and objection to termination and the closeness of the parent-child bond; and (4) the court should have placed the child in a guardianship in lieu of terminating her parental rights. OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights to her child.