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In the Interest of S.A., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Father
Jeremy M. Evans
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Stephen K. Allison
Attorney for Appellee State
Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
ConGarry D. Williams
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Romonda Belcher, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ. Opinion by Potterfield, P.J. (7 pages)
The mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their daughter, S.A., who was born in December 2015. The juvenile court terminated both the mother’s and the father’s parental rights pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2018). Both parents argue the State failed to prove the statutory grounds by clear and convincing evidence. The mother also argues that the court should have granted a six-month deferment instead of termination. OPINION HOLDS: Clear and convincing evidence supports the termination of both the mother’s and father’s parental rights. The juvenile court properly denied the mother’s request for a six-month deferral. We affirm on both appeals.