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In the Interest of K.K., C.K., and J.K., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant
Beau A. Bergmann
Attorney for Appellee
Guardian ad Litem
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Henry County, Clinton R. Boddicker, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Bower, C.J., and May and Ahlers, JJ. Opinion by Ahlers, J. (9 pages)
A mother appeals the juvenile court order denying her petition to terminate a father’s parental rights to three minor children. On appeal, the mother (1) objects to the juvenile court’s ruling admitting various exhibits offered by the father and (2) argues the father abandoned the children within the meaning of Iowa Code section 600A.8 (2019) because the father failed to maintain contact with the children. OPINION HOLDS: The juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in admitting the exhibits. The mother prevented the father from visiting or maintaining contact with the children. Therefore, she failed to meet her burden to prove the father abandoned the children within the meaning of Iowa Code section 600A.8(3). We affirm.