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In re M.G.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

August 15, 2018

IN THE INTEREST OF M.G., Minor Child, M.G., Father Appellant, C.B., Mother, Appellant.

          Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Phillip J. Tabor, District Associate Judge.

         A mother and father each appeal the juvenile court's decision terminating their parental rights.

          Jill A. Cirivello, Davenport, for appellant father.

          Victoria D. Noel of The Noel Law Firm, PC, Clinton, for appellant mother.

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

          Matthew A. Quinn of Law Office of Matthew Quinn, Davenport, guardian ad litem for minor child.

          Considered by Potterfield, P.J., McDonald, J., and Scott, S.J. [*] Tabor, J., takes no part.

          SCOTT, SENIOR JUDGE.

         A mother and father each appeal the juvenile court's decision terminating their parental rights. We find there is sufficient evidence in the record to support termination of the parental rights of the mother and father. The court properly denied the mother's request for additional time to work toward reunification. The State engaged in reasonable efforts to reunite the father and the child. On our de novo review, we give weight to the juvenile court's credibility determinations. The court properly determined termination of the parents' rights was in the child's best interests. We affirm the decision of the juvenile court.

         I. Background Facts & Proceedings

         C.B., mother, and M.G., father, are the parents of M.G, born in 2016. Both parents have a history of substance abuse. Also, there were incidents of domestic violence in their relationship. The child tested positive for methamphetamine at the time of her birth.

         The State filed a petition alleging the child was in need of assistance (CINA) on January 10, 2017. The matter was continued because the mother voluntarily agreed to comply with services. The father indicated he was not interested in participating in services until a paternity test was conducted.

         On July 23, 2017, the mother tested positive for methamphetamine. The child was removed from the mother's care the next day.[1] A CINA adjudication was made based on Iowa Code section 232.2(6)(b), (c)(1), (c)(2), (n), and (o) (2017). The mother again tested positive for methamphetamine on September 27, 2017. She attended an inpatient substance-abuse treatment program but was unsuccessfully discharged when drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in her room. She did not attend any parenting classes and was inconsistent in attending visitation with the child.

         A paternity test in August 2017 confirmed M.G. was the father of the child. He began to participate in services and visitation with the child but shortly thereafter, in November 2017, was arrested for third-offense domestic abuse assault in Illinois. He pled guilty and was sentenced to jail. The ...


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