IN THE INTEREST OF J.A., N.R., and N.R., Minor Children, J.Y., Mother, Appellant
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Christine Dalton, District Associate Judge.
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.
Rebecca G. Ruggero, Bettendorf, for appellant mother.
Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, Kathrine S. Miller-Todd, Assistant Attorney General, Michael J. Walton, County Attorney, and Julie A. Walton, Assistant County Attorney, for appellee State.
Stephen Newport of Newport & Newport, P.L.C., Davenport, attorney and guardian ad litem for minor children.
Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Danilson, JJ.
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights. Because grounds for termination have been proved by clear and convincing evidence, and termination will best provide for the children's physical, mental, and emotional needs and their long-term nurturing and growth, we affirm.
I. Standard of review.
Our review of termination of parental rights proceedings is de novo. We are not bound by the juvenile court's findings of fact, but we do give them weight, especially in assessing the credibility of witnesses. We will uphold an order terminating parental rights if there is clear and convincing evidence of grounds for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116. Evidence is "clear and convincing" when there are no "serious or substantial doubts as to the correctness or conclusions of law drawn from the evidence."
In re D.W., 791 N.W.2d 703, 706 (Iowa 2010) (citations omitted).
The family came to the attention of authorities in March 2010 upon a finding that J.A., born in December 2005, had been physically abused by the mother. J.A. was placed with his paternal grandparents and the Department of Human Services (DHS) implemented services.
Na.R. was born in June 2010 testing positive for THC. When the child was three months old, there were allegations that the mother threw Na.R. on a bed face down, which resulted in ...