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In re J.B.L.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

February 19, 2014

IN THE INTEREST OF J.B.L., Minor Child, Q.S., Father, Appellant

Released for Publication April 14, 2014.

Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Union County, Monty W. Franklin, District Associate Judge. A father appeals from the order terminating his parental rights.

Diana L. Rolands of Rolands Law Office, Osceola, for appellant father.

Jane Orlanes of Orlanes Law Office, P.L.C., Clive, for mother.

Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, Kathrine Miller-Todd, Assistant Attorney General, and Timothy R. Kenyon, County Attorney, for appellee State.

Patrick W. Greenwood, Lamoni, for minor child.

Considered by Vogel, P.J., Tabor, J., and Mahan, S.J.[*]

OPINION

Page 704

MAHAN, S.J.

A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his child. He contends the State failed to prove the grounds for termination by clear and convincing evidence. He also contends termination is not in the child's best interests. Finally, he asks for additional time to have the child returned to his care. We review his claims de novo. See In re A.B., 815 N.W.2d 764, 773 (Iowa 2012).

The child was removed from the mother's care after testing positive for drug exposure at birth in December 2012. The father was not identified until paternity testing was conducted in April 2013, after the two men the mother first named as potential fathers were excluded. The father has been incarcerated since May 2012 and has no relationship with the child.

The State filed its petition to terminate the father's parental rights in August 2013. The termination hearing was held in October 2013. The following month, the juvenile court filed its order terminating the father's parental rights.

I. Ground for Termination.

The juvenile court terminated the father's parental rights pursuant to Iowa Code sections 232.116(1)(b), (d), (e), (h), and (i) (2013). The father challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting termination under each of these subparts. However, we need only find termination appropriate under one of ...


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