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March 7, 2014

Judge accepts guilty plea in abuse case

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According to the affidavit, after hospital tests revealed hemorrhaging and soft tissue swelling, as well as fractures of the left second rib, the baby was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was hospitalized for multiple brain and spinal injuries. Upon prompting from Blair, Bunce admitted that the changes in her daughter’s condition happened because she delayed in taking her to the hospital.

Bunce’s sentencing is set for 10 a.m. on April 10. At that time, Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf will recommend a suspended sentence and Blair will ask for a deferred judgment. The state also will dismiss two counts of child endangerment, causing serious injury and one count of willful injury, causing serious injury.

Pena pleaded guilty in July to child endangerment with serious injury, habitual offender, and was ordered to serve up to 15 years in prison. Dillon pleaded guilty to child endangerment and received a deferred judgment in January.

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