IN THE INTEREST OF K.K., K.K., and R.K., Minor Children, N.K., Father, Appellant, K.M., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Crawford County, Mary L.
McCollum Timko, Associate Juvenile Judge.
and father appeal from the order terminating their parental
rights pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 232 (2018).
C. Blazek of Franck, Sextro & Blazek, P.L.C., Denison,
for appellant father.
L. Minnihan of Minnihan Law Firm, Onawa, for appellant
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
A. Sibbel of Law Office of Martha Sibbel, P.L.C., Carroll,
guardian ad litem for minor child.
Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ.
Nicholas and Kimberly appeal from a juvenile court order
terminating their parental rights pursuant to Iowa Code
section 232.116 (2018). The parents have one child in common.
Nicholas is the father of R.K. (born 2009), K.K. (born 2013),
and K.K. (born 2015). His rights to the children were
terminated pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(e) and
(l), as to all three children, and (h), as to the
youngest child. Kimberly is the mother of R.K. Her parental
rights in R.K. were terminated pursuant to Iowa Code section
232.116(1)(g) and (l). The juvenile court also
terminated the parental rights of the mother of K.K. and
K.K., but she does not appeal.
court reviews termination proceedings de novo. See In re
A.M., 843 N.W.2d 100, 110 (Iowa 2014). The statutory
framework authorizing the termination of a parent-child
relationship is well established and need not be repeated
herein. See In re A.S., 906 N.W.2d 467, 472-73 (Iowa
2018) (setting forth the statutory framework). Where, as
here, "the juvenile court terminates parental rights on
more than one statutory ground, we may affirm the juvenile
court's order on any ground we find supported by the
record." In re A.B., 815 N.W.2d 764, 774 (Iowa
of background, this family has been involved with the Iowa
Department of Human Services (IDHS) for over six years.
Kimberly had her rights to three other children terminated in
March 2015 due to her use of methamphetamine and criminal
activity. In the same proceeding, a permanency order placed
custody of R.K. with Nicholas.
most recent case stems from several incidents occurring in
March 2017. On March 1, 2017, Kimberly tested positive for
methamphetamine. Prior to this time, Nicholas permitted
unsupervised contact between Kimberly and R.K. In mid-March,
a search of Nicholas and his girlfriend's home revealed
drug paraphernalia and stolen property. Nicholas was
arrested. IDHS then began an investigation into allegations
Nicholas and his girlfriend were using methamphetamine and
marijuana around the children. After Nicholas and his
girlfriend both ...