IN THE INTEREST OF T.C., T.B., B.B., K.B., and C.B., Minor Children, C.B., Mother of T.C., T.B., B.B., and K.B., Appellant, J.B., Father of T.B., B.B., K.B., and C.B., Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Poweshiek County, Rose Anne
Mefford, District Associate Judge.
mother and father separately appeal the termination of their
parental rights to several children.
White, Sigourney, for appellant mother.
Michael S. Fisher of Fisher Law Office, Oskaloosa, for
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Anagha Dixit, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
W. Stiefel, Victor, attorney and guardian ad litem for minor
Considered by Vogel, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Doyle, JJ.
district court terminated parental rights to several
children. Two of the parents appeal the termination decision.
appealing father is the biological parent of four of the
children involved in this proceeding: C.B. (born in 2005),
T.B. and B.B. (born in 2009), and K.B. (born in 2012). The
department of human services determined the father struck
C.B, leaving a bruise on his face. The State charged the
father with child endangerment, and the criminal court issued
a no-contact order.
the department learned that the father struck another child,
who has since reached adulthood, and the father sexually
abused a step-daughter. The State charged him with crimes
arising from these acts, and the criminal no-contact order
was extended to all the children involved in this proceeding.
The father was convicted of the crimes and was sentenced to
three prison terms not exceeding a total of six years.
department sought and obtained orders temporarily removing
the children from the parents' custody and adjudicating
them in need of assistance. The State eventually petitioned
to terminate parental rights. The district court granted the
termination petition as to the father under several statutory
provisions, including Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2018).
The provision requires proof of several elements, including
proof the child cannot be returned to the parent's
custody. Iowa Code § 232.116(1)(f)(4).
appeal, the father does not challenge the district
court's finding that the children could not be returned
to his custody. Nor could he, because he was incarcerated at
the time of the termination hearing. However, he does ...