IN THE INTEREST OF D.D., Minor Child, J.D., Father, Appellant, J.H., Mother, Appellant.
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Phillip J. Tabor, District Associate Judge.
A mother and father separately appeal from the termination of their parental rights.
J. David Zimmerman, Clinton, for appellant father.
Clayton E. Grueb, Clinton, for appellant mother.
Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, Janet L. Hoffman, Assistant Attorney General, Mike Wolf, County Attorney, and Cheryl Newport, Assistant County Attorney, for appellee State.
Marsha Arnold, Davenaport, attorney and guardian ad litem for minor child.
Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Danilson and Mullins, JJ. Tabor, J., takes no part.
A mother and father separately appeal from the order terminating their parental rights. Upon our de novo review, we affirm on both appeals.
I. Background Facts and Proceedings.
J.D. is the father and J.H. is the mother of D.D., born in April 2012. The child came to the attention of the Iowa Department of Human Services after it was reported the child had tested positive for cocaine at birth. The mother admitted she had been using cocaine twice a week for at least two years. She also admitted to smoking marijuana in the past. The father initially denied any history of illegal drug usage, but later reported he snorted cocaine one to two times per week, and he had used cocaine in the past.
The child was voluntarily placed in foster care, and a safety plan was completed. The parents were to have drug evaluations, as well as supervised contact with the child. The parents would be denied contact if it was believed they were under the influence of illegal substances. Both parents were offered services during the pendency of the case for reunification, but ultimately they failed to make any progress, and the child remained in foster care.
In October 2012, the juvenile court granted the parents ninety more days to work towards reunification with the child. However, both parents were arrested in November 2012 on numerous charges, including theft, identity theft, and forgery. The father had thirty-four counts asserted against him, and the mother had sixteen counts asserted against her. Thereafter, the State filed a petition to terminate the parents' parental rights.
A hearing on the petition was held in March 2013. At that time, both parents were incarcerated. Following the hearing, the juvenile court entered an order terminating both parents' rights under Iowa Code ...