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In the Interest of M.G., Minor Child
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
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
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.