IN THE INTEREST OF C.S., Minor Child, J.S., Father, Appellant, C.S., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Colin J. Witt,
District Associate Judge.
mother and father separately appeal the termination of their
parental rights to their minor child.
L. Cooper of Cooper, Goedicke, Reimer & Reese Law Firm,
P.C., West Des Moines, for appellant father.
G. Warutere of Warutere Law Firm, PLLC, Ankeny, for appellant
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Jellineck of Juvenile Public Defender's office, Des
Moines, attorney and guardian ad litem for minor child.
Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Tabor,
VAITHESWARAN, PRESIDING JUDGE.
was born in 2012 with cocaine in her system. The State
initiated a child-in-need-of-assistance action. After a
period of hospitalization, the juvenile court placed the
child with her mother and closed the case.
years later, the State intervened again based on allegations
of active drug use by the child's parents and domestic
abuse perpetrated by the father against the mother. The
juvenile court ordered the child temporarily removed from the
parents' care. The child remained out of their care
throughout the child-in-need-of-assistance proceedings.
time, the State petitioned to terminate parental rights. The
district court granted the petition following an evidentiary
separate appeals, the parents contend (1) the record lacks
clear and convincing evidence to support the ground for
termination cited by the juvenile court; (2) termination is
not in the child's best interests; and (3) the juvenile
court should have declined to terminate their parental rights
based on the closeness of the parent-child bond.
. Statutory Ground for Termination
Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2018) requires proof of several
elements, including proof the child cannot be returned to the
parents' custody. On our de novo review, we agree with