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Case No. 18-1028

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In the Interest of M.M., Minor Child

M.G., Mother-Appellant

D.G. and J.G., Intervenors-Appellants

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Zachary S. Hindman

Attorney for Appellant Intervenors

John S. Moeller

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Lesley D. Rynell

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 12, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Mary L. McCollum Timko, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by McDonald, J.  (7 pages)

            Michelle appeals the termination of her parental rights in her child.  Michelle’s parents, as intervenors, appeal the placement of the child’s custody and control with the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS) instead of them.  OPINION HOLDS: The child could not be returned to the mother’s care without continued risk of harm.  Termination was appropriate.  Because the intervenors failed to show they could provide adequate care for the child, we conclude the juvenile court did not err in placing custody and control of the child with IDHS.

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