Teenage girl charged in infant’s death
LIBERTYVILLE – A 15-year-old female is being charged with child endangerment resulting in death for an incident in which a deceased infant was found in a home in Libertyville.
The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office has not released the name of the female, who is believed to be the mother of the infant.
According to a press release from the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 703 E. Maple in Libertyville at 4:45 a.m. Oct. 11 in reference to a report of a deceased infant. Authorities responded and found a deceased infant.
Upon further investigation, authorities determined a 15-year-old female gave birth to the infant on the morning of Oct. 10. The charge against the female, if committed by an adult, would be a Class B felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison. However, because of the female’s age, the charge will be filed in juvenile court. An application to waive jurisdiction to adult court would have to be decided by the court.
The agencies involved in investigating the matter were the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, the Jefferson County Medical Examiner, the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.
A charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.