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In the Interest of M.L., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Father
Mark A. Milder
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Stephanie A. Sailer
Attorney for Appellee State
Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
Andrew C. Abbott
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David F. Staudt, Judge. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Doyle, JJ. Opinion by Doyle, J. (5 pages)
A mother and a father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child. OPINION HOLDS: Because the child could not be returned to the parents’ custody at the time of the termination hearing, clear and convincing evidence establishes the grounds for termination pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2018). The evidence also shows that termination is in the child’s best interests and a delay of six months is unwarranted. Accordingly, we affirm the termination of both the mother’s and the father’s parental rights.