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Prosecutor drops child endangerment charge against mother whose 4-year-old son fell into fire

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STORM LAKE, Iowa — Charges have been dropped against a Storm Lake woman whose child was injured last month after falling into a backyard campfire.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Thtryl ) that Buena Vista County Attorney Dave Patton asked on Wednesday to dismiss the case against the 37-year-old woman, who had pleaded not guilty to child endangerment. Patton said he did not have sufficient evidence to convict the woman.

Authorities had initially said the mother left her 4-year-old boy unsupervised for 10 minutes in their backyard, and he fell into the fire. He was pulled from the fire by an older sibling and suffered second-degree burns on his buttocks, hand and forearm.


Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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