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In the Interest of I.N. and N.N., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Annette F. Martin
Attorney for Appellee State
Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Kimberly A. Opatz
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Barbara H. Liesveld, District Associate Judge. REVERSED AND REMANDED. Considered by Mullins, P.J., Greer, J., and Blane, S.J. Opinion by Blane, S.J. (15 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to two children. OPINION HOLDS: Because we retain a substantial doubt about the conclusion reached by the juvenile court to terminate parental rights, we reverse termination of the mother’s parental rights and remand for further proceedings. We find the State did not meet its burden to prove the children could not be returned to the mother’s care by clear and convincing evidence.