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In the Interest of E.S., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Father
Kevin J. Huyser
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Timothy J. Kramer
Attorney for Appellee State
Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Sioux County, Brian L. Michaelson, Judge. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ. Opinion by Danilson, C.J. (10 pages)
A father and a mother separately appeal the termination of their parental rights. OPINION HOLDS: Clear and convincing evidence supports termination of each parent’s parental rights under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2018). We conclude E.S. cannot be returned to the care of the parents safely because they have not engaged in any meaningful services addressing the risks of physical abuse in the home. We cannot say the need for removal of the child will no longer exist in six months and, thus, we agree with the juvenile court an extension was not warranted. The child’s best interests lie in termination of parental rights and permanency with the pre-adoptive foster family.