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Case No. 20-0994

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In the Interest of D.G., Minor Child

L.W., Mother-Appellant

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

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 04, 2020

            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.

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