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Case No. 23-2108

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In the Interest of J.H., Minor Child

A.H., Father-Appellant

R.H., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jonathan Willier

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Patricia J. Lipski

Attorney for Appellee State

Mackenzie Moran, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Samuel K. Erhardt

Attorney for Intervenors K.F. and V.F.

Norman L. Springer Jr.

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 10, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wapello County, Richelle Mahaffey, Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (14 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child.  OPINION HOLDS: Because we summarily affirm on the statutory ground not challenged by the mother and decline to rely on the permissive exception to avoid termination or to order an additional six months of time, we affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.  Because we find that the State proved that J.H. could not be safely returned to the father’s custody at the time of the termination hearing, we also affirm the termination of the father’s parental rights.

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