IN THE INTEREST OF I.D., Minor Child, M.K., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Susan Cox,
District Associate Judge.
mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her
Magdalena Reese of Cooper, Goedicke, Reimer & Reese,
P.C., West Des Moines, for appellant mother.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Anna T. Stoeffler, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Jellineck of State Public Defender's Office, Des Moines,
guardian ad litem for minor child.
Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.
appeal concerns the termination of a mother's parental
rights to her child, I.D., who was born in 2018. This is not
the first time the juvenile court has terminated the
mother's parental rights to a child. Just six months
before I.D. was born, the juvenile court terminated the
mother's parental rights to two older children based on
concerns arising from her substance abuse, her mental health,
and a relationship marred by domestic violence.
spite of the termination of her parental rights to those
children, the mother continued to struggle with the issues
that led to termination. She used drugs during her pregnancy
with I.D. and tested positive for methamphetamine one month
before I.D. was born. One week after his birth, the juvenile
court removed I.D. from the mother's care and later
adjudicated him to be a child in need of assistance (CINA).
eight months following the CINA adjudication, the mother kept
using drugs, was arrested on criminal charges, and appeared
at visitation with unexplained injuries. At the time of the
termination hearing, she remained on probation, unemployed,
and in need of substance-abuse treatment. The State
petitioned to terminate the mother's parental rights,
which the juvenile court granted following a
appeal, the mother challenges the juvenile court's
findings in applying the analytical framework for
termination. See In re P.L., 778 N.W.2d 33, 37-38
(discussing the three steps involved in this analytical
framework). She also requests additional time to have I.D.
returned to her care. We review her claims de novo. See
In re A.S., 906 N.W.2d 467, 472 (Iowa 2018).
Statutory Grounds for Termination.
juvenile court terminated the mother's parental rights
under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(g) and (h) (2019).
Although the juvenile court terminated parental rights on
more than one ground, we need only find grounds to terminate
under one of the sections cited by the juvenile court to
affirm. See In re S.R., 600 N.W.2d 63, 64 (Iowa Ct.
App. 1999). To terminate ...