Court rejects 2 counts in child endangerment case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has thrown out two of six counts against a Des Moines man convicted of child endangerment.

KCCI-TV reports ( ) the court ruled Friday that counts against Jonas Neiderbach (NIGH-der-bach) dealing with his child’s broken ribs should be dismissed for insufficient evidence.

The court upheld four counts but returned the case to district court for review.

A Polk County judge sentenced Neiderbach in 2011 to 50 years in prison.

The charges stemmed from brain injuries suffered in 2009 by his then-6 week old son.

The child’s mother, Jherica Richardson, pleaded guilty to child endangerment and neglect charges.

The court also ruled the judge should have reviewed Richardson’s mental health records in considering Neiderbach’s case. It ordered a review to determine if evidence calls for a new trial.


Information from: KCCI-TV,

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