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In the Interest of A.V., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
David R. Fiester
Attorney for Appellee State
Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
Ray P. Lough
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Benton County, Barbara H. Liesveld, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ. Opinion by Mullins, J. (9 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her child. She contends the State failed to prove the statutory grounds for termination by clear and convincing evidence, termination is not in the best interests of the child, a statutory exception to termination should be applied, and the juvenile court erred in declining her request for additional time to work toward reunification. OPINION HOLDS: Upon our de novo review, we conclude the State met its burden for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2018), termination is in the best interests of the child, the mother failed to meet her burden to warrant the application of the statutory exception contained in section 232.116(3)(c), and an extension of time is unwarranted. We affirm.