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Former daycare operator who molested child in Mason City gets probation

This news story was published on February 12, 2018.
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MASON CITY – A woman who operated a daycare in Mason City and sexually abused a young child in her care has been given probation for her heinous crimes.

Tawny Marie Symonds, age 31, was arrested in December of 2016 and charged with sexual abuse in the second degree, a class B felony. She was also charged with class C felony assault and class D felony child endangerment for her abuse of one child age three or younger.

These charges were brought as a result of a joint Iowa Department of Human Services investigation with the Mason City Police Department that began in February of 2016 at a residence in Mason City, where Symonds operated an in-home daycare.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation also assisted in the investigation.

Mason City police told NIT “The defendant’s day care was a licensed day care. The other children were interviewed. It does not appear that there are any additional victims at this time.”

The Globe Gazette reported that “The Iowa Department of Human Services alleged in a Feb. 12 complaint that Symonds had violated a safety plan by allowing someone at her day care/residence, 696 13th St. S.E., that she had previously agreed would not be in the home.  The document does not specify who the person was or why his presence would have violated the rules. That man is not suspected of harming any children,” a police officer told the Globe.

Just prior to the charges being brought against her, Symonds wrote via social media “Friday nights at my house are weird.”

This past December, Symonds was released from jail under supervision after her defense counsel and prosecutors came to an agreement.  After a guilty plea to only child endangerment, Symonds today was sentenced to probation and a suspended jail term.

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35 Responses to Former daycare operator who molested child in Mason City gets probation

  1. Allen Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    She’s just trying to help make America great again, by making news in the UK.

  2. Only God knows Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    The whole story sounds scretchy. If this woman is a real offender shes not going to molest a 2 year old baby and send her home knowing she”ll get caught and loose her daycare license, humilute herself, endanger her own children. They interviewed the other children. 1 out 3 girls under 18 are victoms of sexual assault 1 out 6 boys. Children that are molested at a young age mimic behaviors they are taught. Did they ever suspect any of children in her care at all?

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 13, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    I so wish i would of went to college to be a judge instead!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Why do you people continuosly use derogatory comments labeling people as retarded. It is offensive.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 13, 2018 at 7:49 am

      So are people like you, sissy.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 13, 2018 at 10:23 am

        I hope you never have the experience of having a loved one in that situation. May you never experience an incident where you suffer an injury or have a stroke where you are less than perfect. And if you do, may you never suffer ridicule at the hands of people like you. Enough said.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 13, 2018 at 3:11 pm

          Get over it. It is called real life you P.C. puke.

  5. Mason City J.D. Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    @ Lifetime laker, it will be of no practicality to report Mr. Blodgett or his redneck fans, because under the law, no one incited any violence.

    Save your breath and don’t waste your time. As much as you don’t appreciate seeing Blodgett’s fans lap up their favorite bloviator’s fascistic nonsense, no violence was incited, or even suggested.

    Truth be told, Toddy boy probably enjoys seeing otherwise intelligent readers like yourself take his bait, just as you get upset at his ignorant, blue collar fan base for eating up everything he posts.

    As much as I hate to break the news to you, you’ve been played, Laker. Don’t play Toddy’s game. He may be a drug-addicted fascist, but he’s a crafty one.

    • MCHS "79" Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      @ JD, I say a big Amen, sir. I have know Todd since Jr high John Adams, he did not do nothing wrong what he said. Todd is about the smartest person I have known, I am 55. He use to drive our teacher’s crazy, he could really get to them man it was fun to see, hard to even believe!

      We had this teacher that was big on him self, he says hes related to a president from the olden day’s. Well Blodgett, he says hey that President was the only one never got married, sir, you got some bastard’s in your family. LOL

      So teach he tells Todd ok, you go see the principle, Blodgett he says no. It took three boys to help the teacher, to drag him out of the class down to the principles office.

      Todd if your reading this dont you ever change, your still so good at getting people to take your bait!

  6. Kayla S Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    So Toddy Boy’s good friend Barb Hovland the Republitard big boss, she has call for removing the Judge.

    Republitard’s like Hovland and Blodget they are the worse thing people, bad for Mason, hope they move real soon. Like, tomorow.

    Mr Koller I hope you know you stuck up for a vilent gun nut he pull’s guns on carnivel worker’s that is trying to make there ends meet Toddy boy, he falsley accuse them of stealing from him.

    This was up to the Rumor’s bar at the lake. A couple year’s ago. Was in the paper, on the TV, seen it myself. Your crazy just like Blodget is.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      You really are a Dumb Ass. The carney was trying to rob him and he was juts protecting himself. He has every right to do that.

    • Todd Blodgett Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Kayla – actually, two carneys tried to rob me, and no one got hurt. But I had a right to try to get my money back.

      Yes, Barb and I are very good friends, going back exactly 50 years. It seems to me (and, many others) that some people are simply envious of Barb and Tom, because they’re successful, smart citizens who are extensively involved in gov’t and politics.

      What kind of contribution do you make to Mason City’s benefit? Do you realize that just by living in Mason City, and owning property in Cerro Gordo county, the Hovlands do tremendous good for the people around here – merely by the substantial amount of property taxes they pay?

      Please check the facts before you post next time.

  7. sharon amanda and quin are good friends Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    weird nights with quin wow thats a shocker isnt he a big democrat hangs out with steckman and ragan hmmm birds of a feather clock together

  8. Retired NIACC Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Well, well, I see Mr. Blodgett is at it again, trying to provoke some stupid Trumpsters into stomping people whom Toddy Boy thinks do not deserve to live.

    Oh, pardon me, did I write stupid Trumpsters? Egad, so I did. Tut, tut, that would be redundant, wouldn’t it?

    Good for you, Lifetime Laker Liberal. Report Blodgett and Pee wee.
    It is high time this gun-totin’ far rightwingnut gets what is coming to him: jail.

    • Kraig Koller Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      As a Trump supporter and a friend of Todd’s.
      May I interest you in a screwdriver to shovel your driveway out?
      Whatever it may contain

      • Todd Blodgett Reply Report comment

        February 12, 2018 at 5:36 pm

        Thank you, Kraig – your retort made my day! You had my back on the playground at Roosevelt elementary school 45+ years ago, and I feel honored that you’ve still got it!

        Mason City Republicans sure stick together, even over the decades and the miles. Thanks again, old buddy!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      Oh look, another bodacious posting as a retarded art teacher.

  9. Anti liberal Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Anonymous so she did nothing wrong but accepted a plea deal. You honestly believe that and want us to also. I guess they a sucker is born every minute.

  10. Barney Fife Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    She will meet Mr and Mrs Karma soon Toddy young man what do you know about the spy cam at clear lake schools???? Bets on Fred Wieck???

  11. Todd Blodgett Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Referring to the slap on the wrist that this malefactor received, an acquaintance of mine said that he’s glad that this vile B**ch won’t be locked up.

    I asked him why, and he said, “Because in prison, the B**ch would be safe. But here on the outside, she wouldn’t be safe any place where I could make sure she paid the price.”

    In my view, this vile perp will likely soon relocate to where it’s healthier for her.

    Which, in this case, is just about anywhere.

    • Pee wee Reply Report comment

      February 12, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      Mr B, me and the old lady, we love the way you say stuff, makes me want to just kick some ASS.

      When you going start putting colum’s in to the NIT.

      Thank you, your a insperation to us and to alot of people.

      • Lifetime Lake Liberal Reply Report comment

        February 12, 2018 at 3:57 pm

        I shall be reporting Mr. Blodgett’s violence-inciting post to our County Attorney and to the Sheriff. The above posting is nothing but a thinly veiled appeal to citizens to commit violence against Mrs. Symonds.

        I know some relatives of this young lady’s, and she suffers from mental illness. Tawny also suffers from PTSD, resulting from being married to her former husband.

        Pee wee, you had better prepare yourself for some calls from our local law enforcement and prosecutors. You have taken Toddy Boy’s bait, and volunteered to engage in violence. That is illegal, you fool.

        Mr. Blodgett, you, hopefully, will soon be behind bars, where you have belonged for years. You are a spoiled, shameless, Republitard brat, who likes to get others to do your dirty work for you.

        • Ventura Vince Reply Report comment

          February 12, 2018 at 4:06 pm

          STFU, you lib-tard Bitch.

          • Suzy Q

            February 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm

            Really wonderful comments Mr. Blodgett, we agree with you, like 100%, we almost always do.

            We will pray somebody goes after this evil woman and puts her down. For good.

            She is like a rabid raccoon, her kind is not needed.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 12, 2018 at 4:55 pm

          You and Ventura Vince need to find other words to namecall than to use “tard “ to make your rants. You do a disservice to those less fortunate than you, however most of the people you are demeaning are far better than the two of you will ever be.

          • Anonymous

            February 12, 2018 at 5:28 pm


        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 12, 2018 at 4:57 pm

          Damn. I believe they should check you next fake liberal. You might want the same plea agreement

        • MC FD ret'd Reply Report comment

          February 12, 2018 at 5:02 pm

          @ Laker, Mr. Blodgett did not insight no threats to anybody, where do you crazies come up with this kind of BS?

          Pee wee did not insight no violence neither, he just says when they read Todd’s words he wants to go out and kick some butt.

          I think lot’s of folks around her would cheer anybody on who kicks this ugly bad lady’s fat ass.

          Mind your own business Laker, your just a busybody.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 13, 2018 at 3:14 pm

          Hey Pee Wee and Todd, you should turn this liberal bitch in for threatening you. Not to mention liable.

  12. anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Female is pedophillia rare. Whats shocking is no evidence of this women molesting her own children?

  13. anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Remember this people, If you don’t see it with your own 2 eyes don’t point fingers. For many years I was brainwashed into believing it was someone else. He told human services I had a history of defiant behavior, running away, mental illnesses, eating disorders, hospitalizations, subtance abuse, cutting on my body and suicide attempts. As soon as you throw mental illness out there, your also too parinoid or delusional for anyone to believe. My perpetrator was molested by his own father who also molested his own children, siblings, nieces, nephews. All who have become either drug addicts or alcoholics or morbidly obese and mentally ill or committed suicide as a result. All of the accused male. I have met this girl but know her personally, What if shes incident??? I’m pretty sure nobody physically saw her do this horrific crime and that is the very reason why she got this plea bargon.

  14. God Loves You Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Are you kidding me?!?!?!?! Where is the justice in this sentence?! She doesn’t have to register as a sex offender ~ so she can move to another area, have a in home daycare and those innocent children will be in harms way to the unsuspecting parents. NO plea deal should EVER be made when it comes to abusing a child! What happened to the “enhanced sentencing???” The judge & prosecution attorney should be ashamed of themselves!!!

  15. Allen Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    And this is how we protect our children, a slap on the hand. Sad.

  16. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Why the US Marshals were not called in on this one is a mystery. That’s what they are now charged with doing when it comes to molesting young children. And a daycare of all places. Strange.

  17. Jennifer G Reply Report comment

    February 12, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Her crime is NOT considered sexual in nature?????so she does NOT have to be a sexual predator registry..WOW…the court system is so corrupted here.