CLINTON — A Clinton woman who tossed her child into a bassinet was granted a suspended sentence for felony child endangerment.
Naelynn Trude, 22, 2715 S. 18th St., No. 200, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for child endangerment resulting in bodily injury, a class D felony.
Defense Attorney John Kies requested the court grant Trude a deferred judgment to allow Trude to keep a felony charge off her record. Kies cited Trude's age, stating she was not in a position to be a parent. He added Trude admitted her conduct and asked the court for leniency.
The plea agreement between the parties stipulated the state agreed to recommend a suspended sentence.
District Court Judge John Telleen ordered a sentence not to exceed five years be suspended. He denied the defense's request for a deferred judgment. Telleen stated the offense was a very serious crime and had a significant impact on the child. He added Trude was "not very well suited to be a mother."
A $750 fine was suspended. Telleen ordered Trude to complete two years of probation. Terms of probation include Trude maintaining employment and having no further law violations. Trude was ordered to pay attorney fees not to exceed $1,500.
According to the affidavit, at approximately 12:30 p.m. July 13, Camanche ambulance was dispatched for a 4-month-old infant who had reportedly stopped breathing. Trude, the infant’s mother, stated her daughter’s heart rate monitor went off and the infant went limp, became pale and her hands and feet turned red. The infant was admitted to Mercy North and later transferred to the University of Iowa Hospital for non-accidental trauma testing.
The affidavit continues during the course of the investigation an officer learned from the infant’s caretakers that prior to Trude’s arrival home from work the infant was healthy and had no problems. Witnesses heard Trude yelling “shut the (expletive) up” while the infant cried. They stated the infant cried for approximately 30 minutes.
The affidavit states on Aug. 29 Trude was interviewed. She first stated she was not sure if she had a post traumatic stress disorder episode during the care of the infant that night. She then admitted and demonstrated how she shook the infant and tossed her into her bassinet while she continued to cry. Trude stated in her heart she believed the incident caused the infant’s injuries.
The affidavit states on July 14 a doctor at the University of Iowa Hospital examined the infant. The doctor stated a shaking with or without impact from a soft surface might have occurred as recently as 24 to 48 hours before the examination. The injuries the infant suffered included a left parietal long linear skull fracture, bilateral chronic/subacute SDH and diffuse and multilayered retinal bleeding.