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Case No. 20-0929

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In the Interest of B.S., M.G., J.W., and S.W., Minor Children

S.W., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Mark D. Fisher

Attorney for Appellee State

Tabitha J. Gardner, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Julie F. Trachta

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.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Schumacher, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Scott, S.J.  (8 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her four children pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f), (h), and (l) (2020).  On appeal, the mother claims the juvenile court erred in holding the termination hearing telephonically despite her refusal to waive her personal presence and termination is contrary to the children’s best interests given the detriment resulting from severance of the parent-child relationships.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.

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