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Trial set for child care provider

Van Gorp accused of neglect, endangerment

November 2, 2013
By ABIGAIL PELZER - Managing Editor ( , Times-Republican

A woman accused of causing serious head trauma to a toddler in her care will see a March trial date.

Rhonda Van Gorp, 52, was cited in April 2012 for neglect of a dependent and child endangerment resulting in serious harm, both Class C felonies.

A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for Feb. 21, with the trial set for March 25.

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The charges are related to injuries sustained by a 15-month-old boy in her care.

Van Gorp was charged when police responded to the emergency room at Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center. The injury occurred at her home, 208 N. First St., where she was operating an in-home daycare.

Police declined to comment on the nature of the relationship between Van Gorp and the child.

A person must be the parent or custodian of a child to be charged with neglect of a dependent and must be a parent, guardian or have custody or control of a child to be charged with child endangerment, according to Iowa Code.

A Class C felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.



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