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In the Interest of N.B., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Father
Joseph G. Martin
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Andrew C. Abbott
Attorney for Appellee State
Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Melissa A. Anderson-Seeber
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David F. Staudt, Judge. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ. Opinion by Doyle, J. (5 pages)
A mother and a father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child. OPINION HOLDS: I. Clear and convincing evidence shows that returning the child to the mother’s care will expose the child to a harm warranting a new child-in-need-of-assistance adjudication. The grounds for terminating the mother’s parental rights under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2019) have been met. The child is not so closely bonded with the mother that termination of her parental rights would be detrimental to the child. Because termination is in the child’s best interests, we affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights. II. We deny the father’s request to delay permanency six months because the issues that led to the child’s removal would continue to exist at the end of the six months. We affirm the termination of the father’s parental rights.