Woman Charged in Death of Infant at Iowa Home Day Care


Angela Marxen (WHO 13)

LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport woman has been charged in the death of a 5-month-old girl at a day care center she operated.

Angela Marxen, 56, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, child endangerment resulting in death, and child endangerment, a misdemeanor. She was being held without bond in the Scott County Jail.

LeClaire Police Chief Shane Themas said in a news release that officers were called to a home in LeClaire on Feb. 5, 2020 for an “infant in distress.”

The child was unresponsive with labored breathing, Themas said. She was airlifted to an Iowa City hospital but died four days later.

Marxen owned the home and was the sole day care provider for the residence, police said.

An autopsy found the girl died from blunt force injuries to the head.

An investigation by LeClaire police and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations determined the child’s injuries were not accidental, The Quad-City Times reported.

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