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Iowa mom behind bars after 2-month-old baby starves to death

KEOSUAQUA, IOWA – An Iowa mother allegedly allowed her young baby to starve to death, and now finds herself behind bars.

On Thursday, July 7, 2016, at approximately 3:28 AM, 23-year-old Angel Poole of Birmingham, Iowa called 911 stating her 67-day-old son, Judah Wessels was having difficulty breathing. Judah Wessels was transported to the Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua, Iowa, via ambulance and pronounced dead at approximately 4:40 AM. Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office (VBSO) launched an investigation and requested the assistance of the Iowa Department of Public Safety-Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

An autopsy was conducted by the Iowa of the Iowa Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa. The autopsy revealed Judah Wessels was “markedly malnourished”. The cause of Wessels’ death has been ruled to be due to “starvation and dehydration.” The manner of death “undetermined” by the medical examiner.

After a joint investigation by the Iowa DCI, VBSO, Van Buren County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office, officials secured an arrest warrant for Angel Poole for Child Endangerment Causing Death under Iowa Criminal Code 726.6(4).

On March 24, 2017, Angel Poole was arrested at her residence by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. Poole was transported to the Van Buren County Jail where she currently remains awaiting her initial appearance. Bond has been set for $15,000.00.

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