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In re M.H.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

March 21, 2018

IN THE INTEREST OF M.H., Minor Child, J.H., Father, Appellant.

          Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Thomas J. Straka, Associate Juvenile Judge.

         A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his child.

          Dustin A. Baker of Baker Law, Dubuque, for appellant father.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.

          Sandra P. Trevino of Jensen & Trevino, P.C., East Dubuque, Illinois, guardian ad litem for minor child.

          Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Bower, JJ.

          VAITHESWARAN, Judge.

         A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his child, born in 2017. He contends the State failed to make reasonable efforts to reunify him with the child.

         I. Background Facts and Proceedings

         The department of human services became involved with the family after the child tested positive for marijuana at birth. The parents later underwent drug testing and both tested positive for illegal substances.

         When the child was a little over four weeks old, a department employee and the Dubuque Drug Task Force went to the parents' home to identify a sober caregiver for the child. They found evidence of marijuana use on the porch. The father would not admit the department employee into the home to check on the child's welfare. The State sought and obtained an order temporarily removing the child from the home. At the same time, authorities arrested and jailed the father for possession of drug paraphernalia.

         Meanwhile, authorities obtained a search warrant for the home. They found several pounds of methamphetamine and a loaded gun in a safe in the child's room. The State added charges of possession of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver (methamphetamine), and possession of a firearm as a felon. The father was jailed in various facilities throughout the juvenile court proceedings.

         The child was adjudicated in need of assistance and remained out of the parents' home. The State eventually petitioned to terminate parental rights to the child. Following an evidentiary hearing, the juvenile court granted the petition. The father appealed.

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