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Case No. 19-2116

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In the Interest of O.G., Minor Child

M.J., Mother-Petitioner-Appellee

P.G., Father-Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Ciara Vesey

Attorney for Appellee Mother

Lucas C Helling

Guardian ad Litem

Joshua Schier

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-2116
Date Published:
Sep 23, 2020
Summary

            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.

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