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In the Interest of A.M., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Father
Landon S. Small
Attorney for Appellee State
Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mahaska County, Rose Anne Mefford, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ. Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J. (5 pages)
A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to a child, contending (1) the State failed to prove the grounds for termination cited by the district court; (2) termination was not in the child’s best interests; (3) the district court should have invoked an exception to termination based on the bond he shared with the child; and (4) the district court should have afforded him additional time to achieve reunification. OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the father’s parental rights to the child.