Waukee man arrested after allegedly ‘beating up the kids’

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Kendrick Jerrell Worthy, 32, of Waukee was arrested Tuesday on a charged of two counts of child endangerment-bodily injury.


A Waukee man was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly injuring his daughters in the course of a domestic dispute.

Kendrick Jerrell Worthy, 32, of 1255 S.E. University Ave., Waukee, was charged with two counts of child endangerment-bodily injury.

The incident began about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of S.E. University Avenue, where officers of the Waukee Police Department responded to a report from a caller who said “that her father was beating up the kids in the residence,” according to court records.

The officers arrived and made contact with a witness, who told the officers that Worthy allegedly “pushed his daughter down to the ground and pinned her to the ground using his knee” and “then grabbed the 10-year-old by the neck using both hands and proceeded to choke her,” according to court records.

A second victim, Worthy’s 14-year-old daughter, told the officers that she tried to intervene when she saw Worthy “push and choke” her younger sister, and in response Worthy allegedly “grabbed her and proceeded to shove her against the kitchen island,” according to court records.

The second victim “complained of pain to both sides of her body as well as her lower back” as “a direct result from being pushed against the kitchen island,” according to court records.

Worthy told the officers that his 10-year-old daughter became “upset about being told to read a book” and that she “then attacked him and attempted to bite him,” according to court records.

Worthy said he “pinned” the younger child “to the ground using his hand,” but he “denied placing his hands around” the child’s “neck or choking her,” according to court records. He said the elder child “then proceeded to attack him” and “punched him multiple times.”

Worthy was held in the Dallas County Jail prior to his release on his own recognizance. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Dec. 13 in Dallas County District Court.

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

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