Davenport police have arrested a woman whose three girls were sexually assaulted by a man after she admitted to being aware of the alleged abuse for two years, police said.
The 29-year-old mother and the man are in custody at the Scott County Jail.
The mother was arrested Tuesday and is charged with child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor. The Times is not publishing her name in accordance with the newspaper’s policy to not identify victims of sexual assault.
Jayme M. Souder, 25, who was arrested Aug. 22, is charged with three separate counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a charge that carries up to 25 years in prison upon conviction.
According to police records:
Souder engaged in sex acts with the children, ages 8, 6 and 5, while their mother was working or not at home.
When police interviewed the mother, she told Davenport Police Detective Mark Dinneweth that her oldest daughter informed her of the abuse about two years before Souder’s arrest, police said. She also said she was informed of incidents numerous times during those two years.
The three children were subjected to continuous incidents of sexual abuse by Souder for at least two years, police said. The mother failed to make any attempt to remove or protect her children or call police.
The older child ultimately disclosed the abuse to personnel at her school and the school notified police and the Iowa Department of Human Services.