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In re A.W.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

May 3, 2017

IN THE INTEREST OF A.W., Minor Child, L.C., Mother, Appellant.

         Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Mary L. Timko, Associate Juvenile Judge.

         A mother appeals from a dispositional order entered pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 232 (2017).

          Zachary S. Hindman of Mayne, Arneson, Hindman, Hisey & Daane, Sioux City, for appellant mother.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.

          Molly Vakulskas Joly of Vakulskas Law Firm, P.C., Sioux City, guardian ad litem for minor child.

          Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Doyle and McDonald, JJ.

          DOYLE, Judge.

         A mother appeals from a dispositional order entered pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 232 (2017) challenging the juvenile court's finding that aggravated circumstances exist to waive the requirement for making reasonable efforts. Because we agree with the juvenile court's determination, we affirm.

         I. Background Facts and Proceedings.

         L.C. is the biological mother of six children, including A.W., born in September 2016.[1] The mother's parental rights to her five older children were terminated before A.W.'s birth. Her oldest child B.W. was removed from her care in 2008 after her "home was raided by law enforcement due to several individuals, who were living in the residence, using various illegal drugs to the extent that [B.W., then an infant], tested positive for amphetamines, cocaine, alcohol and other substances." Following almost a year of reunification services, the mother's parental rights to B.W. were terminated.

         The mother gave birth to her second child a few months after the termination of her parental rights to B.W. in 2009. Her third, fourth, and fifth children were born in 2010, 2013, and 2014, respectively. From May 2009 to July 2014, the mother, with her children in tow, "roamed from place to place, living with multiple people who used / sold illegal drugs."

         The family came to the attention of the Iowa Department of Human Services (Department) in June 2015, after it was alleged the children were at risk because the mother was not adequately supervising the children. The Department's responding protective-services worker and a law enforcement official, who was responding to an unrelated complaint, went to the house where the mother and children lived. The condition of the home was deplorable:

Police found . . . [t]here had been no electricity or running water for over a month; the children were observed to be filthy; there were four adults living in the home with no food "whatsoever" in the house with "tons of beer cans on the front porch" . . .; a baby bottle that was "absolutely filthy, " "absolutely disgusting" with grime around the white part and something red on the nipple; and the children had access to dangerous clutter or food lying on the floor, including a cigarette that [the six-year-old child] had picked up and lit with a lighter found nearby. Further, an intoxicated adult male ...

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