Observant staff at Neil Armstrong Elementary School in Park View alerted police when they saw a 5-year-old student come to school this week with bruises all over her body.
A follow-up investigation by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Human Services resulted Friday in police arresting the girl’s mother, Daveshia Morgan, 23, of 15 Park Crest Court, Park View.
Morgan is charged with child endangerment with injury, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. She was being held Friday in the Scott County Jail on a $5,000 bond.
“I give a lot of credit to the school,” Scott County Sheriff Lt. Bryce Schmidt said. “This whole investigation got started because the school took notice of her injuries and reported the abuse to us. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have known about it.”
Morgan is accused of beating the girl with open hands, closed fists and a belt, leaving multiple bruising injuries on the child. School staff noticed the injuries when the girl came to school Wednesday, Schmidt said. The child was examined by a physician, but the injuries did not require hospital treatment, he said.
The child is no longer in the mother’s home but under DHS supervision, Schmidt said. Other children were in the home at the time of the alleged abuse and arrangements are being made with DHS to put them in the care of other family members, Schmidt said.