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In the Interest of D.M., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Cathleen J. Siebrecht
Attorney for Appellee
Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Rachael E. Seymour, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ. Opinion by Greer, J. (4 pages)
The juvenile court terminated the mother’s parental rights to D.M., born in 2019, under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(b), (e), and (h) (2021). On appeal, the mother focuses her argument on a request for more time, urging the delay would cause no harm to D.M., who is in the care of the child’s father. With more time, the mother argues her involvement in D.M.’s life could be regulated by a bridge order rather than through termination proceedings. OPINION HOLDS: Another extension of time is not appropriate, and applying an exception to save the parent-child relationship is not in D.M.’s best interests. We affirm.