Woman charged with child endangerment

Kayti Shaffer

STATE CENTER — A State Center woman is behind bars after local law enforcement found her unresponsive at her home, while her children, apparently locked out of their home, were seeking help from a nearby resident.

According to the State Center Police Chief Jeff Bunn and court records, the two children, ages 11 and 13, went to a neighbor’s home on Thursday, scared and asking for help. Officers were then called to the house at 212 2nd St. NW, where they eventually gained entry into the residence and discovered Kayti Leighann Shaffer, 32, unresponsive with marijuana in plain view.

Officers were able to awaken Shaffer, who allegedly became aggressive, both verbally and physically, toward the officers. She was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment and possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and transported to the Marshall County Jail. Bunn noted that Shaffer even tried to kick out the windows in a State Center Police squad car during her transport to the jail.

Shaffer’s children were turned over to crisis care, and a search warrant was obtained with the assistance of the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force, who discovered a small amount of marijuana in the Shaffer residence.

On Friday, the court issued a no-contact order between Shaffer and her children. She remains in the Marshall County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond.

Her next court appearance is slated for 1 p.m. Sept. 29.