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October 26, 2013

Couple with baby in unheated garage arrested

DES MOINES — Des Moines police arrested a couple living with a baby in a garage without heat, electricity, or a bathroom after neighbors alerted authorities.

Danae Haynes, 23, of Des Moines, and Justin Sorter, 22, of Pleasant Hill, are charged with child endangerment causing bodily injury, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violations, police said. They are being held in the Polk County Jail.

The Iowa Department Human Services has taken custody of the baby. Sorter is Haynes’ boyfriend but not the baby’s father, police said.

The child, estimated to be about nine months old, was found to be healthy but was not dressed to withstand near freezing temperatures. Police were estimating the child’s age. They said the mother could not provide the exact age.

“Last night it got down to 32 degrees and the child was not dressed for that,” Officer Ryan Mann said.

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