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Case No. 18-1297

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In the Interest of A.V., Minor Child

A.V., Mother-Appellant

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

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 19, 2018

            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.  

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