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Three people were charged with willful injury and child endangerment in connection with an incident last February 18, that involved a 6-week old baby.
Danielle R. Bunce, 22, Eladio Pena, Jr. , 29 and Debra Dillon, 60, were charged with one count of willful injury and three counts of child endangerment causing serious injury.
It was reported that the baby suffered life-threatening injuries. According to court documents, Bunce and Dillon brought the baby to the Genesis Hospital emergency room on February 19, claiming that the baby fell as a dog attacked Dillon. Tests showed that the baby sustained fractures on the second left rib, as well as hemorrhage and soft tissue swelling.
“According to the affidavit, Bunce and Dillon recanted their story about the dog jumping on Dillion after learning of the seriousness of the injuries. Bunce allegedly told Davenport police that the baby’s father, Rena, had fallen asleep on the sofa in the early morning hours of Feb. 18 with the infant on his chest and awoke to the baby being on the floor, according to court documents.
Bunce, according to court documents, said she and Dillon had made up the dog story to protect Pena because of his past child abuse charges. Dillon said she lied to protect Bunce.”
In an interview done by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Pena and Bunce started consuming alcoholic beverages while the baby was in her crib. The two started arguing over a text message Bunce received from another male, and Pena took the baby downstairs with him. From 12:30 am to 9 am of February 18, Pena was the sole caregiver of the child.
Each of the charges are class C felonies and carry with them a punishment of as much as 10 years in prison, and fines between $1,000 and $10,000.
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