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Teen arrested for child endangerment

This news story was published on December 19, 2011.
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At about 5:27 am Monday morning, Mason City police were informed that Cheri Rae Decker, 18, of Mason City had left her four month old child alone at her residence and had gone out for the evening.

Officers immediately proceeded to her residence and verified that the child was OK, but was in fact alone.

Decker was located shortly thereafter at another residence in Mason City, but claimed her child was being watched by a relative. Officers continued to investigate the incident with assistance from the Iowa Department of Human Services and determined Decker had not made any specific arrangements to have the child cared for. Decker was charged with minor consumption, interference with official acts and child endangerment.

Decker was transported to the Cerro Gordo County Jail and is being held on a $2000.00.

Cheri Rae Decker


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49 Responses to Teen arrested for child endangerment

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    Spoigfelicitas Reply Report comment

    February 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    must look at this chanel online shop to take huge discount

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    Shutta Reply Report comment

    December 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Charlie Brown Daycare was her employer, knowing them, they probably still are.

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    Shutta Reply Report comment

    December 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    You guys are messed up. True beauty is a NICE & THOUGHTFUL person, not an unfit mother. SMH.

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    Spanky Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    OMG she is so beautiful. Are there any more pics to look at? Facebook page?

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    Wow! Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I will tell you all something. I agree that kids should not have kids. But, not all kids who have kids are bad parents. I can name 30+ people who are old enough to have children, and fail at the responsibility that comes along with it. I do not condone having children so young. But the fact is that it happens. I myself am a young mother of two. I graduated high school. I attend college. I am also in college to become a physician. I have a home, a job, and soon a degree in bio-med. Don’t blame all young moms just because this simple minded, non-responsible girl decided that she wasn’t a mom for the night.

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    Shutta Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I’m sick over the fact that this idiot works at a daycare!! No wonder I chose to live on one income so my kids wouldn’t have to go to daycare. It’s a rough ride barely making ends meet, but FAR better than taking the chance that some tard like this would be responsible for my children 8 hours a day. Don’t daycares do interviews? MAybe if a screw is loose, they shouldn’t hire out of desperation. Better to have a small, responsible staff than to have POS’s like this employed there.

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    sad Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2011 at 9:12 am

    You have to have a license to drive a car, or to ride a motorcycle or moped. You even have to have a license to fish!! But anyone can be a parent. Sad. When you become a parent, everything else is second, your child comes FIRST. Apparently she didn’t get the memo.

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    Watchdog Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2011 at 6:20 am

    James Pieschke,

    You raise an important point. However, I don’t think you can write if off as “stupidity”. I prefer the term “ignorance” as it can be corrected.

    Stupidity is fatal, ignorance can be corrected!

    Unfortunately we now live in the TV world where every thing is fed to us with drama, including the news. For as long as I can remember I have been aware that society has become addicted to drama.

    From elected officials down to management style I have long recognized that wisdom is clouded with to much emotion. Even in your response to the idiotic comments posted on here I sense this emotion, do be careful.

    I use a technique that while not always successful works most of the time. (I get sucked in too, at times)

    “Don’t believe everything you are told, don’t believe everything you read, and believe only half of what you see.

    Then, do some research and wait 3 days to make a decision if you can. I usually get it right then.

    You are right to be concerned about the nonsense that get’s posted on here. It does make life difficult to deal with, but for now it’s the world we live in.

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    James Pieschke Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2011 at 5:02 am

    It would appear that the concept of Innocent Until Proven Guilty is entirely lost on the majority today.
    Since most of you seem to pursue the idea of guilt with such glee and enthusiasm perhaps at least a few of you might shine the light on each other for a moment?
    Consider that your premature call to judgement has absolutely nothing to do with common sense and that perhaps your actions at this very moment are a big part of what makes the world what it is today. That what you’re doing by conducting yourselves like a bunch of rumor-mongering, gossip-whores is on some levels even worse than the crime this woman is accused of.
    If nothing more is required of you to condemn someone than someone else pointing a finger then maybe your moral high-ground isn’t what you think it is. And that’s the truly disturbing idea for me, that people with less than half a brain have no problems spitting on the ideas that this country was founded on, the very basis of our criminal justice system…
    Perhaps that is where the flaw truly lies- that such mindless, vapid drones could be called for jury duty. That conformist scum of the earth like yourselves are the majority. That people like you hold another persons life in their hands and are terrifyingly unqualified to do so.
    That any of you have the audacity to defend this kind of behavior, to make an attempt to rationalize it- is evidence of a fantastic inversion of values.
    Proof that stupidity is now a virtue.

    All of you disgust me.

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    parent Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2011 at 12:34 am

    So what daycare employs this upstanding parent??

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    white. shadow Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Really sad!!

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    L ori Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    This girl obviously needs some growing up to do. She is lucky that the baby was found alive and unharmed. Haven’t you heard of birthcontrol, there are ways to prevent this especially if you are not ready to grow up and give up alot for that child that you brought into this world. The scary thing is that she is taking care of other peoples children in a childcare center.

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    Howie Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    DHS is a joke, they will keep the parents and kids together in all but the most extreme circumstances. I don’t know what happened to the mom, she was a good kid, probably just not ready to grow up. Hopefully, the parents can help encourage her to do the right thing until she is ready to be a parent full time.

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    FBI Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I hear she works for one of the charlie brown daycares, WAKE THE F##K UP

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    Really Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    How many times does things have to be reported to DHS before the really do something about it. Was this girl reported before and DHS did nothing, would not surprise me that is how they seem to be. If you are not ready to be a Mom then give the child up for adoption instead of harming them.

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    vicki Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    It is NOT OK to leave a child alone. Especially not a FOUR MONTH OLD BABY! maybe yu shudve thought about having a kid if yu wanted to still be a CHILD yourself!

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    kat Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    This is sad, so many people would love to have kids and cant. What she did was NOT ok, but everyone should be greatful the child was found ALIVE, it couldve been another case of the worst! Glad the baby is ok!!

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    DJ Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    This girl will have an uphill struggle to get her child back. DHS does not take these cases lightly and rightfully so.We all need to look out for the welfare of innocent children like this. Anyone who knows of people abusing there children like this is as guilty as this mother for not reporting this to the proper authorities. We, as adults, are the only voice these kids have

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    Think Smart!!! Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Grow up little lady! If you want to keep that baby in your arms i would suggest that you care for that baby more then you do yourself! 4 months old and you leave YOUR baby alone???? What were you thinking??? Drinking is not that important!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Whore…she doesn’t even know who the daddy is.. No one likes this bitch. Rot in hell loser.

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      To the Hater! Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

      It is not necessary to post such hate concerning this parent, who obviously has no support and who the daddy is is not important. Instead of calling her names why not have some compassion for her. You have not walked in her shoes or been in her situation. For all you know this is all she knows.
      Love not Hate

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      A Mistake Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      Funny. I know for a fact she knows who the father is. And, I LOVE HER. I may not respect the decision she made, however I still love the girl I grew up with, went to school with, and hung out with. Her baby is beautiful, and I know she loves him.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 20, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      people that love their kids don’t leave them alone to go party. I met this girl once, and she was all drugged up and psycho. That child doesn’t deserve to live through her immaturity.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Pathetic whore.

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      Anonymous also Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      Please try to refrain from terms like, “whore”. Where is the father in all of this. It doesn’t help to through derogatory sexist terms around.

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    flo dorenkamp Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    It does’nt matter what the situation is, you have that baby grow up,take on the responsabilty for that baby,your party time was gone when baby was conceived.These girls need their butts kicked and the babies taken and put in homes where they’ll have a good life.The mamas should not get a second chance for this!

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    andrea Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I had my daughter at 16 in Mason City and struggled and I am doing great now but it was a lesson on how to grow up and fast. So the point? If she can’t grow up then take the baby so it can have a chance at life.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm


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    James Pieschke Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Incredible that not a single person takes into consideration the possibility of innocence. Even without proof almost every one of you ignorant shits is willing to immediately condemn someone as guilty for no other reason save that the accusation was made.
    That alone is just as morally reprehensible as the crime this girl is accused of.
    Rumor mongering gossip whores with the gullibility of a mentally handicapped 6 year old should not be allowed to have children any more than someone actually guilty of the crime.

    Ask yourselves how many times you have done this, then give some thought to at least one situation where the allegations were proven to be false. Statistically this had to have happened at least once.
    Did you ever offer an apology to the person you so enthusiastically trashed or bother to expend even one tenth of the energy towards bashing the person responsible for it in the first place?

    I somehow doubt it.

    Now look in the mirror and ask yourself if you’re so morally superior after all. While you’re at it consider the insult you delivered to the people who fought and died to create this nation in order to escape exactly the kind persecution you so gleefully engage in every time an allegation is made.
    You should be deeply ashamed of yourselves.

    Innocent until PROVEN guilty means exactly that.

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    J Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I just can’t believe the way the world is now a days. There’s people who can’t have kids and she’s going out to drink leaving her baby alone. This makes me sad. I hope she get her baby taken away from her. She is too young, I am 25 and am aware that I am not financially ready for a kid, I feel I am responsible enough, but to be honest there are things in my life, like cooking 3 meals a day, having a place big enough for a kid and keeping it clean enough and baby proof for one (not that I live like a pig) that I know I just couldn’t do right now working and being in school and all. And though I don’t want to judge, but just by statistics, that baby was probably not planned.

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      Teresa Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      i bet the baby wasn’t planned but we don’t know the story of why she became pregnant or the terms of how the baby was able to be conceived. it could of been a fail of birth control or not using any at all or some other very bad way.

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    lucky one Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Add me to the list of those who want to slap her a good one. And she was drunk besides!

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    so sick Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Let’s all watch more MTV “Teen MOM” and think it is so cool let’s have a baby

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    Fayespage Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    They should take her baby and find a loving home for it. No more babies for her.

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      jmason Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      OMG she watches my babies at daycare:(

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    angie Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    she needs to be slapped!!!!!! the fact that you leave your child ALONE while you go out, that is ridicoulous! there are people out there that want to babysit. FIND ONE!! not that hard. as a mother of 2 children, a 4 yr old, and 10 month old, i cant even fatham the idea. even if its cold out or what not, and i have to go to the store which is 4 blocks away, i get them bundeled up and we ALL go. she needs to be punished! as far as im concerned. cuz there is familys out there that are investigated by dhs for NOTHING!!!!

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      J Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      I agree.(this is where it was suppose to go.)

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      Teresa Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      i agree angie. i do the same when it comes to my kids. i won’t even let them play out side by them selves. and they are ten and eight. i am either outside with them or my fiancee is out side with them. i have been investigated by dhs some legit some not. i have been threatened to have DHS called on me by three girls here in MC just because they dont like me. now to me that is BS and if they do call DHS on me i smell lawsuits.

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    Brenda Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I was charged with the same charge and the accusations where not true and the charges where dropped. What (WTF) happened to innocent until proven guilty. Instead of judging others maybe you need to only judge yourself!!!

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      Mack Daddy Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Maybe you shouldn’t have babies either.

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      J Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      I agree.

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      J Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      (that wasn’t suppose to go there, I’m not getting into this one. lol.)

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      Kim Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      The word you’re looking for is were, not where.

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    Amanda Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I went to school with this girl. She always thought she was tough shit. I’m not surprised that this happened. Hopefully that poor child is never returned to her ‘mother.’ She’s a disgrace to the word and is unworthy of it. Hopefully someone else will love that child like she never could (would?).

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    happi Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    somebody needs to slap this lil girl,,lock her up for good n tie her tubes

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    El Norte Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    This is what happens when kids have kids.

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      T Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      No! Not all “kids” who have kids are irresponsible! I had my first child at 18. Bought a house and got a job, I knew it was MY responsibillity to be a parent and Grow Up!