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Northern Iowa daycare provider charged with death of baby boy, admits to police “being frustrated”

EMMETSBURG - A Northern Iowa daycare provider told police she became frustrated with a baby boy, then the child died from brain trauma, leading to a felony child endangerment charge.

EMMETSBURG – A Northern Iowa daycare provider told police she became frustrated with a baby boy, then the child died from brain trauma, leading to a felony child endangerment charge.

On January 19, 2023, EMT’s responded to 1605 8th Street, Emmetsburg, Iowa for a call of an unresponsive child. 23-month-old Sebastian Jespersen was transported to Palo Alto County Hospital and then to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines. On January 24, 2023, he was pronounced deceased.

An investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner revealed that Sebastian died of head trauma consistent with inflicted injuries.

As a result of the investigation, Sebastian’s daycare provider, Hannah Priest, 28, of Emmetsburg, (pictured, above) was charged with child endangerment resulting in death under Iowa code section 726.6(1)(b), a class B felony. She is currently being held on a $50,000 cash only bond.

Complaint and Affidavit:

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