IN THE INTEREST OF B.A., Minor Child, L.F.-H., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Christine
Dalton, District Associate Judge.
mother appeals from the termination of her parental rights.
E. Coyle of Carrie E. Coyle, PC, Davenport, for appellant
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Anagha Dixit, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
L. Drew-Peeples of Drew-Peeples Law Firm, Davenport, guardian
ad litem for minor child.
Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.
POTTERFIELD, PRESIDING JUDGE.
mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to
B.A., born in May 2017. The juvenile court terminated the
mother's parental rights pursuant to Iowa Code section
232.116(1)(d) and (h) (2018). On appeal, the mother purports to
challenge the statutory grounds for termination.
Additionally, she argues she should have been given
additional time to work toward reunification and termination
is not in B.A.'s best interests.
review termination proceedings de novo. In re A.B.,
815 N.W.2d 764, 773 (Iowa 2012). We are not bound by the
factual findings of the district court, but we do give them
weight-especially when assessing witness credibility.
Id. "Our primary concern is the best interests
of the child." In re J.E., 723 N.W.2d 793, 798
the juvenile court terminates parental rights on more than
one ground, we may affirm if we find any one of the grounds
supported by clear and convincing evidence. In re
D.W., 791 N.W.2d 703, 707 (Iowa 2010). Here, we focus on
the elements of paragraph (h), which allows the court to
(1) The child is three years of age or younger.
(2) The child has been adjudicated a child in need of
assistance pursuant to section 232.96.
(3) The child has been removed from the physical custody of
the child's parents for at least six months of the last
twelve months, or for the last six consecutive months and any
trial period at home has been less than thirty days.
(4) There is clear and convincing evidence that the child
cannot be returned to the custody of the child's parents
as provided in ...