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Poole Pleads Not Guilty in Starving Death of Baby

By Ellis Codjoe, May 08, 2017

A Van Buren County woman has pleaded not guilty in connection to the death of her two month old son.

Police Charged 23 year old Angel Poole of Birmingham with Child Endangerment Resulting in Death in March, eight months after the death of Judah Wessels.

Poole entered a written plea of not guilty last week.

Prosecutors say poole withheld food and medical care from her two month old son.

Paramedics were called on July 7th, 2016 to Poole’s home on reports the baby was having difficulty breathing. Wessels died in the Van Buren County Hospital about an hour later.

Court documents reveal that Wessels weighed only five pounds when he died.

An autopsy was conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa.  The autopsy revealed Judah Wessels was “markedly malnourished”.  The cause of Wessels’ death has been ruled to be due to “starvation and dehydration.”

If found guilty, Poole faces up to fifty years in state prison. She is currently free on bond. Her trial is scheduled to begin on August 22nd in Keosauqua.

Poole is represented by Attorney William Glass of Keosauqua.

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