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Case No. 21-0351

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In the Interest of J.D., Minor Child

K.U., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Agnes G. Warutere

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for Appellee Father

Lisa A. Allison

Guardian ad Litem

Paul White

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
21-0351
Date Published:
Jun 16, 2021
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Rachael E. Seymour, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (10 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.  She challenges the grounds for termination and the court’s “pattern of conduct” consideration for termination, argues termination is not in the best interests of the child, and asks the court to apply two of the permissive exceptions against termination.  OPINION HOLDS: We find a ground for termination was established by clear and convincing evidence, the mother’s behavior was a valid concern, termination was in the child’s best interests, and we decline to apply the exceptions to termination in this case.

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