The mother of the toddler who was found unattended in Ottumwa Monday morning has been arrested, along with her boyfriend.
Ottumwa police took Faith Knedler and Colby Rysdam into custody Monday afternoon, charging each of them with one count of child endangerment. The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor in Iowa, with a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
Police were called to North Court Street just before ten o’clock Monday morning because a small girl was wandering around unsupervised. The girl was unable to tell the officers what her name was, who her parents were or where she lived, so she was taken to the police department. Later in the morning, authorities released her picture on social media, leading family members to contact police and give them the girl’s identity.
The 19-year-old Knedler, the girl’s mother, lives at 316 North Court with both the girl and her half-brother, as well as the 22-year-old Rysdam, the father to the half-brother. As part of the investigation, police asked the city health department to evaluate the sanitary conditions of the home. The investigation resulted in the arrest of the couple.
As a reminder, a criminal charge is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.