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In the Interest of B.M., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Attorney for Appellant Father
Mark D. Fisher
Attorney for Appellee State
Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Robin Lynn O'Brien Licht
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Carrie K. Bryner, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Bower, C.J., Schumacher, J., and Doyle, S.J. Opinion by Doyle, S.J. (6 pages)
A mother and a father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child. OPINION HOLDS: Clear and convincing evidence shows the child cannot be returned to the mother’s care due to her unresolved issues with substance use, satisfying the grounds for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2021). And termination of both the mother’s and the father’s parental rights is in the child’s best interests.