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Case No. 22-0683

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In the Interest of S.D., Minor Child

M.D., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Kevin J. Huyser

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Shannon Lee Sandy

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
22-0683
Date Published:
Jun 29, 2022
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Osceola County, Shawna L. Ditsworth, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J.  (7 pages)

            A father appeals the adjudication of his child as in need of assistance, arguing the juvenile court abused its discretion in allowing a social worker’s testimony about the child’s statements describing the father’s sexual abuse and admitting into evidence a written summary and video recording of a forensic interview.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the State laid sufficient foundation for the challenged exhibits.  We further find the challenged testimony was cumulative of other evidence presented and therefore not prejudicial.  We affirm adjudication.

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