IN THE INTEREST OF E.B., D.B., and E.B., Minor Children, J.P, Mother, Appellant, M.B., Father, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David F.
mother and father separately appeal the termination of their
parental rights to three children.
W. Harris of McCrindle Law Office, Waterloo, for appellant
Christina M. Shriver, Waterloo, for appellant father.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Anagha Dixit, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Melissa A. Anderson-Seeber of Waterloo Juvenile Public
Defender's Office, Waterloo, guardian ad litem for minor
Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Doyle, JJ.
DANILSON, CHIEF JUDGE.
mother and father of three children separately appeal from
the termination of their parental rights. Instability,
domestic violence, lack of consistent and diligent effort in
participating in the services provided as well as continued
unresolved needs have been the hallmarks of these parents.
Upon our de novo review, we find clear and convincing
evidence supports the termination of both parents'
parental rights and affirm.
Background Facts and Proceedings.
case involves three children: E.B., born in March 2007; D.B.,
born in April 2012; and Et.B., born in July 2016.
Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) became involved with
the family in February 2017, following a report the father
attacked the mother while they were in a vehicle with the
children present. The father punched the mother and cut her
on the head with a knife. E.B. reported the father yelled
"watch your momma die" and the father made comments
about killing himself. When police arrived, the father cut
his own throat but failed to cause a serious injury.
of the attack, the father was arrested on domestic-abuse and
child-endangerment charges. A no-contact order (NCO) was
issued between the mother and father as well as between the
father and the three children. During the following month,
the mother took the children to visit the father multiple
times while the NCO was still in effect. The mother
repeatedly lied to DHS when confronted about her violations
of the NCO. Because the mother failed to abide by the safety
plan and placed the children in danger, the children were
removed in April 2017. Additional relevant facts will be
September 2018, the juvenile court entered an order
terminating the parental rights of the mother and father. The
juvenile court terminated both parents' parental rights
to E.B. and D.B. pursuant to section 232.116(1)(f) (2018).
Their parental rights to Et.B. ...