Couple with baby in unheated garage arrested

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police have arrested a couple after finding them living with a baby in a garage without heat, electricity, or a bathroom.

Police say 23-year old Danae Haynes and 22-year-old Justin Sorter are charged with child endangerment causing bodily injury, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violations.

The child, estimated to be about nine months old, is healthy but was not dressed to withstand near freezing temperatures.

The Iowa Department Human Services has taken custody.

Neighbors tipped off police Thursday that the couple was raising the child in the detached garage littered with trash on Des Moines’s east side.

Police say the couple had permission to stay in the garage from the owners of the home on the property.

The cases are not yet listed in online court records.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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