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Case No. 20-0793

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In the Interest of I.N. and N.N., Minor Children

A.N., Mother-Appellant

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

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 23, 2020

            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. 

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