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In the Interest of M.M. and I.M., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant
Robert F. Bozwell, Jr.
Attorney for Appellee
Steven E. Goodlow
Guardian ad litem
Kevin S. Maughan
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Monroe County, William S. Owens, Associate Juvenile Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ. Opinion by Tabor, J. (7 pages)
A father appeals from the termination of his parental rights to two children on private petition by their mother. OPINION HOLDS: The mother showed by clear and convincing evidence the father abandoned the children by rejecting the duties imposed by a parent-child relationship, largely due to his abuse of illegal drugs. The mother also showed by clear and convincing evidence the children’s best interests are served by allowing them to remain in their current situation with their mother and stepfather, who wishes to adopt them. We affirm.