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Case No. 19-1115

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In the Interest of P.H., Minor Child

T.H., Father-Appellant

S.H., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Ann M. Troge

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Becky Wilson

Attorney for Appellee State

Anna T. Stoeffler (until withdrawal) and Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorneys General

Guardian ad Litem

Andrew Thalacker

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Chickasaw County, Linnea M.N. Nicol, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (8 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to one child.  OPINION HOLDS:  Ongoing substance-abuse and domestic-violence issues, as well as general instability, render the parents unable to resume care of the child.  It is in the child’s best interests to terminate parental rights, and no other statutory factor should prevent that.  The parenting deficiencies would still be present in six months, so additional time is not warranted.  We affirm. 

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