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In the Interest of L.S., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Zachary C. Priebe
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 Polk County, Susan Cox, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ. Opinion by Mullins, J. (7 pages)
A mother appeals a juvenile court order terminating her parental rights to her minor child. She challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to support termination, argues termination is not in the best interests of the child, and contends the statutory exception to termination contained in Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(c) (2018) should be applied to preclude termination. OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the State met its burden for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h), termination is in the child’s best interests, and the mother failed to meet her burden to establish a statutory exception to termination. We therefore affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.