Altoona woman arrested after daycare injury in West Des Moines

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Jamie Leann Kober, 36, of Altoona, was arrested Monday on a Dallas County warrant on a charge of child endangerment-serious injury.

A Canadian woman living in Altoona was arrested on a Dallas County warrant Monday in connection with an incident in January at a West Des Moines daycare, where she allegedly failed to report an injury to an infant that resulted in a fractured skull.

Jamie Leann Kober, 36, of 851 Red Hawk Way S.E., Altoona, was charged with child endangerment-serious injury.

According to court records, the mother of the infant victim picked up her child Jan. 27 at the Alphabet Academy, a licensed a child care center and preschool at 6355 Beachtree Dr. in West Des Moines.

“Upon returning home,” the victim “was observed to have swelling on the top/right of their head,” according to court records.

Kober, a resident of Canada, was an employee of the daycare, and the infant victim was “the only child in” Kober’s “care,” according to court records. When Kober was questioned by the victim’s mother about the victim’s injury, she allegedly “denied any incidents or injuries.”

During a later interview with law enforcement, Kober allegedly admitted that the infant victim “was sitting in a ‘boppy’ and fell backwards, hitting their head on the floor,” according to court records.

She “later changed her story” and said the victim “fell backwards while sitting in a ‘boppy’ and hit her head on a changing table.”

Kober allegedly “admitted she did see swelling on” the victim’s “head” when the victim’s mother picked up the child “from day care on this day.”

Kober allegedly “admitted to not reporting the incident to either the mother or her employer due to her being ‘scared,'” according to court records.

The victim “was seen by their primary doctor several days later, and tests later revealed that” the victim “sustained a skull fracture,” according to court records.

Kober is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 25 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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