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In re B.C.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

August 2, 2017

IN THE INTEREST OF B.C. and B.C., Minor Children J.L., Mother, Appellant.

         Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Julie A. Schumacher, District Associate Judge.

         A mother appeals from the order terminating her parental rights.

         AFFIRMED.

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

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Ana Dixit, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.

          Michelle M. Hynes, Juvenile Law Center, Sioux City, for minor children.

          Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.

          BOWER, Judge.

         A mother appeals from the order terminating her parental rights. We find there is sufficient evidence in the record to support termination of the mother's parental rights and termination of her rights is in the children's best interests. We affirm the decision of the juvenile court.

         I. Background Facts & Proceedings

         J.L. is the mother of B.C., born in 2013, and B.C., born in 2014.[1] The mother has a long history of mental health problems and alcohol abuse. The children were removed from the mother's care on May 13, 2016, after she was arrested for serious assault for hitting her nephew.[2] The nephew stated he had observed numerous physical altercations in the home. The children were placed in foster care.

         The children were adjudicated to be in need of assistance (CINA), pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.2(6)(a), (b), and (c)(2) (2016). Throughout the CINA proceedings the mother remained homeless. She started outpatient treatment but continued to drink alcohol. At a permanency hearing on December 3, 2016, the mother shouted profanities during the State's closing arguments. On February 17, 2017, the mother was arrested for public intoxication. While the case was pending she was also arrested for operating while intoxicated. She did little to engage in services, although she participated in visitation with the children.

         The State filed a petition for termination of parental rights on February 22, 2017. At the termination hearing, the mother testified she had been hospitalized twice in the prior six weeks for mental-health problems and attempted suicide. She also stated she last drank alcohol about a week before the termination hearing, admitting "I cannot stay sober." The mother testified the children could not be returned to her home at that time because she was homeless and had no home for them to return to.

         The juvenile court terminated the mother's parental rights under section 232.116(1)(h) and (l) ...


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