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In the Interest of D.G., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
David R. Fiester
Attorney for Appellee State
Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Julie F. Trachta
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Cynthia S. Finley, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Bower, C.J., Ahlers, J., and Blane, S.J. Opinion by Blane, S.J. (7 pages)
The mother, L.W., concedes the State met its burden on the first three elements of Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2020) but argues it failed to meet its burden regarding the remaining element, that D.G. could not be returned to her care at the time of the termination hearing. OPINION HOLDS: Based upon our de novo review, we find the State established by clear and convincing evidence that the child could not be returned to L.W.’s care and her parental rights should be terminated.