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In the Interest of E.S., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Father
Kevin J. Huyser
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Timothy J. Kramer
Attorney for Appellee State
Anna T. Stoeffler (until withdrawal) and Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorneys General
Guardian ad Litem
Jenny L. Winterfeld
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Sioux County, Daniel P. Vakulskas, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Tabor, P.J., Mullins, J., and Gamble, S.J. Opinion by Gamble, S.J. (10 pages)
A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights. OPINION HOLDS: The statutory grounds authorizing termination were met because the child could not be returned to either parent without a risk of harm. Termination of both parents’ rights is in the child’s best interests. The father’s bond with the child is not so strong to preclude termination. Neither parent is entitled to additional time to work toward reunification.