(10/28) UPDATE: Details Released on the Infant Death In Libertyville
On the morning of October 11, 2013 at approximately 4:45 a.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 703 East Maple, Libertyville, Iowa in reference to a deceased infant. Authorities responded, and found a deceased infant.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office applied for and was granted a search warrant to search the property. While conducting that search, a deceased infant was discovered in a closet in the residence. It appeared as if the infant girl had been recently born.
After further investigation, it was determined that a 15 year old female had given birth to the child sometime on the morning of October 10. The 15 year old has been charged with Child Endangerment Resulting in Death, which is an offense if committed by an adult would be punishable as a Class “B” felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison. Given her age this charge must be filed in Jefferson County Juvenile Court. Iowa law allows the option of applying to waive the juvenile to adult court. In this case all options are still being considered. Any application to waive jurisdiction to adult court would be decided by the Court.
Parties and agencies assisting with this investigation 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.
The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office reminds you that a delinquent charge is merely and accusation and the child is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.