James Darby

James Darby (Jail photo)

A Davenport man is being charged with felony child endangerment after police allege he bit his 4-year-old stepchild as a form of discipline.

James Darby, 27, of 1628 Washington St., was arrested Tuesday. He is charged with one count of child endangerment with bodily injury. The charge is a Class D felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to five years.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police Detective Mark Dinneweth, on Monday at about 1:30 p.m., Darby allegedly bit the child as a form of discipline to get the child to stop biting.

Darby allegedly told the child’s mother he bit the child to get the child to stop biting.

On Tuesday, the child’s mother relayed the information to a school official who was speaking to her about the child’s injuries. The school official had already reported the injuries to the Iowa Department of Human Services, or DHS, and the child had been interviewed by a DHS investigator.

Dinneweth stated in his affidavit that he had photographs taken of numerous injuries to the child and that at least two of the injuries are consistent with bite marks.

The injuries were still visible Tuesday “and are red with deep dark purple bruising which continues to fill-in after over 24 hours,” Dinneweth said in his statement.

Darby was being held Tuesday night in the Scott County Jail on $5,000 bond.