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In the Interest of P.D., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Sara E. Benson
Attorney for Appellee State
Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Roberta J. Megel
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Eric J. Nelson, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Mullins, JJ. Opinion by Mullins, J. (6 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her minor child, born in 2015. She challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the statutory grounds for termination cited by the juvenile court, argues termination is not in the child’s best interests due to the parent child bond, requests the statutory exception to termination contained in Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(a) be applied and a guardianship be established in the maternal grandmother in lieu of termination, and claims the State failed to make reasonable efforts at reunification. OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.