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Case No. 18-0650

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In the Interest of M.G., Minor Child

M.M., Mother-Appellant

R.G., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Scott D. Strait

Attorney for Appellant Father

J. Joseph Narmi

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Roberta Megel

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 15, 2018

           Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Gary K. Anderson, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by McDonald, J. (8 pages)

            A mother and father appeal the termination of their parental rights in their child.  OPINION HOLDS: Termination was appropriate under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(i) (2017) due to life-threatening physical abuse by the father.  Given the father’s refusal to admit to the abuse and the mother’s commitment to remain involved with the father, additional reunification services would not eliminate the need for removal.  Additionally, no permissive factors weigh against termination.

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