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In the Interest of M.L., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Sarah E. Dewein
Attorney for Appellee State
Diane Murphy Smith, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Bower, C.J., and Schumacher and Ahlers, JJ. Opinion by Bower, C.J. (9 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights. OPINION HOLDS: We affirm termination under Iowa Code § 232.116(1)(h) (2021). Termination and adoption will best provide the child with safety and long-term nurturing, and no permissive exception has been proved to countermand our conclusion.