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In the Interest of O.P., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Barbara J. Westphal
Attorney for Appellant Father
Cameron M. Sprecher
Attorney for Appellee State
Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Carrie Jean Rodriguez
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Winnebago County, Karen K. Salic, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ. Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J. (6 pages)
A father and mother separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to a child born in 2020. The father challenges the evidence supporting one of the grounds for termination cited by the district court. The mother argues termination was not in the child’s best interests. Both parents challenge the district court’s refusal to grant an exception to termination based on the parent-child bond and the district court’s denial of their request for six additional months to facilitate reunification. OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the parents’ rights to this child.