IN THE INTEREST OF S.S., Minor Child, B.S., Father, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Susan Cox,
District Associate Judge.
father appeals from the order adjudicating his child a child
in need of assistance. AFFIRMED.
D. Goedicke of CGR & R Law Firm, P.C., West Des Moines,
for appellant father.
J. Hagemeier of Williams & Hagemeier, P.L.C., Des Moines,
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Garbis Nolan of Youth Law Center, Des Moines, guardian ad
litem for minor child.
Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.
Background Facts and Proceedings
born November 2000, came to the attention of the Iowa
Department of Human Services (DHS) in March 2017, upon
allegations the father sexually abused her. Specifically, the
DHS was alerted the father found naked photos of S.S. on her
cell phone and forced her to perform various sex acts. The
father admitted to finding photos of S.S. and to still
possessing the photos on his phone. He denied S.S.'s
allegations of sexual abuse.
April 3, 2017, an order confirming S.S.'s March 24
removal was issued by the juvenile court. The court placed
S.S. in her mother's care with services from the
In April 2017, the caseworker conducted interviews with the
father, the father's family, and staff from S.S.'s
school. S.S.'s brother stated S.S. took photos of herself
and stole things. The school staff member stated S.S. is
honest about her behavior, whether good or bad, and the
father kept S.S. isolated. The father refused to meet
face-to-face with the DHS worker but during a phone
interview, the father stated he never touched S.S. and knew
S.S. was sexually active.
a contested adjudicatory hearing, on July 8, the juvenile
court adjudicated S.S. in need of assistance under Iowa Code
section 232.2(6)(c)(2) and (d) (2017). The dispositional
order of August 16 ordered "the temporary legal custody
of the child remains with her mother, under the supervision
of the [DHS]."