Man charged with felony child endangerment


Dennis Duane Armstrong, 35, of Marshalltown, was arrested by police Wednesday and taken to jail on one felony count of child endangerment-serious injury and two aggravated misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

Armstrong was also charged with first degree harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Capt. Brian Batterson of the MPD said the child endangerment incidents were reported to the department last month.

While in a residence in the 700 block of Washington Street last year, Armstrong took a power wash wand and placed it on a child’s bare leg causing a wound which resulted in scarring,

That led to the felony child endangerment charge, a class C felony.

That offense carries a maximum prison term not to exceed 25 years which may be deferred or suspended unless a forcible felony.

Armstrong also hit the child in the head with a remote control causing a bump, and smashed the child’s toy causing a piece to scratch the child’s arm.

Both are aggravated misdemeanors which carry a maximum prison term each not to exceed two years and may be a jail sentence if not more than one year; mandatory fine of at least $500 but not more than $5,000.

The first degree harassment charge resulted from Armstrong showing photos of the victim partially nude and engaged in a sex act to two other subjects without the victim’s consent.

One image was still on Armstrong’s phone and a subject confirmed receiving photos of the victim.

The phone and a computer was seized by police after securing a search warrant, Batterson said.

Armstrong was arrested after police viewed the photos.

A magistrate judge ordered Armstrong held on $5,000 cash or surety bond at his initial hearing Thursday.

The magistrate appointed him a public defender and issued a no contact order to protect the victim.

Armstrong’s preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 24.


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