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In the Interest of H.B. and K.B., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant Father
Edward S. Fishman
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Attorney for Appellee State
Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
ConGarry D. Williams
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Susan Cox, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Mullins, P.J., Greer, J., and Scott, S.J. Opinion by Scott, S.J. (9 pages)
Parents separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their two children pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2019). Both parents challenge the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the statutory ground for termination cited by the juvenile court, argue termination is contrary to the children’s best interests, and maintain the court should have applied the exception to termination contained in Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(c). OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of both parents’ parental rights.