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In re A.R.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

September 12, 2018

IN THE INTEREST OF A.R., B.R., A.M., and R.T., Minor Children, S.R., Mother, Appellant.

          Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Stephanie Forker Parry, District Associate Judge.

         A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.

          Jessica R. Noll of Deck Law, PLC, Sioux City, for appellant mother.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.

          Michelle M. Hynes, Public Defenders Office, Sioux City, guardian ad litem for minor children.

          Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ.

          BOWER, JUDGE.

         A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights. We find there is clear and convincing evidence in the record to support termination of the mother's parental rights and termination is in the children's best interests. We affirm the decision of the juvenile court.

         I. Background Facts & Proceedings

         S.T.R. is the mother of R.T., born 2004; A.M., born 2006; B.R., born 2012; and A.R., born 2014. S.R. is the putative father of B.R. and A.R. S.T.R. and S.R. will be collectively be referred to as the parents. Z.M. is the father of R.T. and A.M.

         On October 15, 2016, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) investigated a report of the parents' use of methamphetamine, transient life style, domestic violence, and child abuse of R.T. and A.M. by S.R.[1] The older three children were found at the mother's parents' house in Sioux City with the oldest child left in charge; the parents and A.R. were not present. R.T., A.M., and B.R. were removed and placed with a maternal aunt and uncle. A.M. and B.R. both tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, as did S.R.

         The mother absconded with A.R. from October 15 until November 28. The State attempted to locate the mother, including checking S.R.'s address in Nebraska and at her parents' house. S.R. told the court he did not know where the mother and A.R. were, but he maintained daily contact with her and they married on November 9 in South Dakota. The mother later testified she stayed at her aunt's house in South Dakota during that period. A petition to terminate the mother's parental rights to the older three children was filed November 22, 2016.[2]On November 28, 2016, the mother appeared at a removal hearing, surrendered A.R. to DHS, and submitted to drug testing, which came back negative. A.R. was placed in foster care.

         B.R. was placed in the same foster care home with A.R. beginning in December. R.T. and A.M. continued to live with their maternal aunt and began having visitation with Z.M. The visitations progressed, and R.T. and A.M. were placed in the home of Z.M. and his parents in May 2017. R.T. and A.M. repeatedly expressed a desire to not see their mother to DHS workers and therapists.

         On January 9, 2017, the court adjudicated the children as in need of assistance (CINA) pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.2(6)(b), (c)(2), and (n) (2016). The parents contested the State of Iowa's jurisdiction over the children, but the district court found it had jurisdiction and we affirmed. ...


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