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In the Interest of L.M. and L.M., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Keith R. Tucker
Attorney for Appellee State
Natalie Deerr, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mills County, Scott D. Strait, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Tabor, P.J., May, J., and Blane, S.J. Opinion by Blane, S.J. (8 pages)
The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her twin children. She claims the juvenile court erred in finding that the children, who were over four years of age and had been adjudicated in need of assistance, could not be returned to her physical custody. OPINION HOLDS: Upon de novo review, we find the record of the mother’s methamphetamine addiction, relapse after two drug treatments, unknown whereabouts for five months before the termination hearing, and failure to attend the termination hearing, supports termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2021), does not support her claim that termination is not in the best interest of the children, and does not warrant an extension to reunify her with the children. So we affirm the termination.