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In the Interest of O.G., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Father
Attorney for Appellee Mother
Lucas C Helling
Guardian ad Litem
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Des Moines County, Jennifer S. Bailey, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ. Opinion by Schumacher, J. (14 pages)
A father appeals the district court's ruling terminating his parental rights to his daughter, O.G., following an action initiated by the child’s mother under Iowa Code chapter 600A (2019). OPINION HOLDS: The father argues the court erred in finding clear and convincing evidence that he abandoned his daughter within the meaning of Iowa Code section 600A.8(3). He also argues termination is not in O.G.’s best interest and asserts the district court should have appointed O.G. an attorney separate from O.G.’s guardian ad litem. We affirm the decision of the district court.