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Case No. 21-0301

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In the Interest of R.E., Minor Child

A.E., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jamie L. Schroeder

Attorney for Appellee State

Natalie Deerr, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kimberly Lange

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 26, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Bremer County, Peter B. Newell, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Greer, P.J., Schumacher, J., and Gamble, S.J.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (12 pages)

            The father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his child, R.E, born in 2017.  The juvenile court terminated the father’s parental rights pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(e) (2020).  On appeal, the father claims the State failed to prove grounds for termination, termination of his parental rights is not in the child’s best interests, and the court should have applied a permissive exception to termination based on the mother having custody of the child and his close bond with the child.  Finally, the father maintains the juvenile court should have ordered a hearing on his application for a bridge order.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the father’s parental rights. 

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