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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
May 27, 2015
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa DCI Investigates Taylor County Child Death

TAYLOR COUNTY, Iowa -- On Friday, May 22, 2015, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call for a child not breathing at 608 Washington St., in Bedford, Iowa.  When Deputies arrived they located a three year old female child unresponsive.  The child was pronounced deceased by the Taylor County Medical Examiner.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was called in to assist with the suspicious death of the child. The child’s father; Charles Hall, 25, and his girlfriend, April Clair, 25, were arrested and charged with Child Endangerment on May 22, 2015. 

An autopsy was conducted at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny on May 23, 2015.  The autopsy results are pending and the investigation continues by the Iowa DCI.        

Media Contact: Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge, Darrell Simmons at (712) 322-1585.                                  

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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