An man was given a deferred judgment and placed on one year of supervised probation Thursday after pleading guilty to failing to properly feed and seek medical care for a then-6-year-old Eldridge boy last year.
Jacob W. Brasmer, 25, must comply with the terms of his probation, including enrolling in and successfully completing a parenting course, Scott County District Court Judge Stuart Werling ordered.
If Brasmer successfully completes his probation, the conviction will not be entered on his record.
He pleaded guilty in October to child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison.
Co-defendant Valarie R. Clark, 30, the boy’s mother, pleaded guilty earlier this month to neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, a Class C felony. She will be sentenced June 8.
Eldridge police say Clark’s son suffers from PKU, a disorder characterized by the inability of the body to process proteins. Babies are screened for the genetic condition soon after birth.
The boy was admitted to University Hospitals, Iowa City, on Feb. 9, 2016, because of low blood sugar and starvation, according to an arrest affidavit filed by police.
Doctors discovered that the boy was not being fed properly and was in long-term starvation. He also had not received required medical care for about three years, according to the affidavit.
Doctors said the boy could or might suffer long-term damage and he was in danger of dying before he was brought to the hospital, according to the affidavit.
Clark and Brasmer, her live-in boyfriend, knew about the required diet requirements and medical care needs for the boy’s disorder, according to the affidavit.