Suspect arrested in Ottumwa toddler assault

Dustin Armstrong

Ottumwa Police have announced an arrest in an assault case involving an Ottumwa toddler.

Dustin Dewayne Armstrong, 19, was charged with felony counts of child endangerment and willful injury as a result of April 22 incident.

Below is a statement from Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew

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Statement from Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew:

On April 22, 2013, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the Ottumwa Police Department received a report of a two year-old male child who was unresponsive at 117 East Woodland Street in Ottumwa.

"Officers responded to the scene and found an unresponsive 2-year-old toddler there," Chief McAndrews said. The child was taken to the hospital here in Ottumwa and then life flighted to Iowa City."

The child was transported to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center and subsequently flown via life-flight to the Iowa City Hospitals and Clinics for treatment of his injuries. The child was resident of 117 East Woodland Street in Ottumwa.

On the morning of April 23, 2013, Ottumwa Police Investigators executed a search warrant at the residence located at 117 East Woodland. The preliminary investigation indicated the child had been assaulted.

On the afternoon of Monday June 3, 2013 members of the Ottumwa Police Department arrested Dustin Dewayne Armstrong, age 19, at his residence located at 1112 Jay Street Ottumwa, on an arrest warrant charging him with one count of Multiple Acts of Child Endangerment (Class B felony) and one count of Willful Injury (Class C felony).

Armstrong is currently being held in the Wapello County jail on $50,000 cash bond.