MASON CITY – A woman is charged in a child endangerment case in which her infant perished in a Mason City house.
On February 28, 2021, the Mason City Police Department was called to 144 6th Street SW in Mason City, on a report of an unresponsive child that was not breathing. The Mason City Fire Department also responded to the scene and provided transport for the infant. The infant was pronounced dead at MercyOne North Iowa upon arrival at the Emergency Room.
An investigation began into the welfare of that child, another infant in the residence, and the other children that lived there. MCPD was assisted in the investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa State Office of the Medical Examiner.
On February 9, 2023, Allyssa Marie Luke, age 29, of Plymouth, Iowa, was charged with two counts of Child Endangerment:
- Child Endangerment resulting in Death, a class B felony, and
- Child Endangerment resulting in Serious Injury, a class C felony
The child endangerment charges are based on Luke’s role as the custodial parent of these two children and her willful deprivation of proper nutrition. Luke remains in the Cerro Gordo County Jail at this time, pending further court proceedings.
(PHOTO: Allyssa Marie Luke, jail photo)