A 27-year-old Bettendorf woman is facing child endangerment charges after she left her infant child in her car while she attended an exercise class, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department said.
Amanda Grace Broihier, 2321 23rd St., is charged with one count of child endangerment without injury. The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor under Iowa law that carries a possible prison sentence of up to two years.
According to the arrest affidavit filed by Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy Timothy Ells, at 8:20 a.m. June 6, there was a report of an infant child left unattended in Broihier’s vehicle. Broihier was inside Kosama Fitness Center, 1430 E. 52nd St., Davenport, for a 55-minute exercise class.
The infant was seen by a person who was attending the class. The child was in a car seat in the rear passenger side of the vehicle.
Through an investigation, Ells said in his affidavit, Kosama confirmed that the woman attended the 7:15 a.m. class on June 6 and that she attends class about four times a week. The woman had been bringing the child into the fitness center while she attended exercise classes.
The manager of Kosama told her she could not bring the child into the gym during class for safety reasons.
According to the affidavit, the manager told investigators that she noticed the woman was no longer bringing the child to class but was arriving for class about five minutes late, going out to her car several times during class and leaving about five minutes before class ended.
On June 8, Broihier was attending an 8:35 a.m. class at Kosama and an employee saw the child in the vehicle, according to documents.
Broihier was arrested Wednesday. She was released from the Scott County Jail after posting a $200 cash bond.