Three Columbus Junction women charged with child endangerment

By Gretchen Teske, Mt. Pleasant News


MUSCATINE ? Three Columbus Junction women were charged with child endangerment with bodily injury after police say they used Velcro to restrain an eight-year old special needs student during transport in a school vehicle.

Verlinda Prior, Elvira Zuniga and Dora Roush were all charged.

Police allege that on May 1, 2018, eight year-old Noah Takyi was being transferred form a Muscatine Elementary School to his day care in Columbus Junction. Allegedly, Prior and Zuniga used Velcro straps to restrain the child.

According to reports by KWQC the day care director noticed red marks on his wrists, ankles and neck. As a mandatory reporter she called his mother and notified authorities immediately.

The Columbus Junction police were notified but the case was handed to the Muscatine Police Department after learning the incident occurred in their jurisdiction. They were arrested on June 28 and are scheduled in court for the morning of July 18.

The three individuals listed above are considered innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.