IN THE INTEREST OF E.P., Minor Child, R.P., Father, Appellant, A.P., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Craig
M. Dreismeier, District Associate Judge.
father and mother appeal separately from the order
terminating their parental rights.
Roberta J. Megel of the Public Defender's Office, Council
Bluffs, for appellant father.
R. Caniglia, Council Bluffs, for appellant mother.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Anagha Dixit, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
D. Nerenstone, Council Bluffs, attorney and guardian ad litem
for minor child.
Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Tabor and McDonald, JJ.
DANILSON, CHIEF JUDGE
mother and a father separately appeal the termination of
their parental rights, which the juvenile court concluded was
proper pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(e), (f), (i),
and (l) (2017). Because we find there are grounds
for termination under section 232.116(1)(f), we
review termination of parental rights proceedings de novo.
See In re A.M., 843 N.W.2d 100, 110 (Iowa 2014).
time of the termination trial on June 27, 2017, the child was
seven years old. The department of human services (DHS)
became involved with the mother and child in 2015 on a
voluntary basis due to the mother's illegal substance
abuse. The father was not in Iowa and did not participate in
services, except some supervised visits one month.
Unfortunately, the mother was not forthcoming about her
substance abuse and need for treatment, and she again tested
positive for illegal substances.
child was removed from the mother's custody in April 2016
due to the mother testing positive for methamphetamine. The
child was placed with her maternal grandmother. The child was
adjudicated a child in need of assistance (CINA) on May 25,
mother's testimony at the termination trial explains what
A. I believe my supervised visits started in August of 2016.
I believe I had semi-supervised visits prior to that, if