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Case No. 21-1681

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In the Interest of D.M., Minor Child

K.M., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Cathleen J. Siebrecht

Attorney for Appellee

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Erin Mayfield

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 30, 2022

            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.

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