The Ottumwa Courier

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August 1, 2013

Armstrong pleads not guilty, requests new counsel

OTTUMWA — The teenager accused of seriously injuring a toddler has pleaded not guilty and requested new representation.

Dustin Dewayne Armstrong, 19, is charged with multiple acts of child endangerment, child endangerment resulting in serious injury, willful injury resulting in serious injury and child endangerment resulting in bodily injury.

Armstrong's arraignment was scheduled for Monday, but this week he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Instead on Monday, a hearing will be held to address his request for new counsel.

On April 22, Ottumwa police officers arrived at 117 E. Woodland Ave. to find 2-year-old Brayden Young unresponsive. He was transported to Ottumwa Regional Health Center, where emergency room staff determined that he had "traumatic head injuries," prompting him being life-flighted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Young is now making strides toward recovery as he undergoes therapy in Des Moines.

Initial interviews with the toddler's mother, Lauren Young, and her boyfriend, Armstrong, led an Ottumwa investigator to question Armstrong's account of events. He was the only adult at the home that night and called 911 after Brayden was injured.

Armstrong told law enforcement that Brayden had a seizure and that he "might have shaken Brayden vigorously" trying to wake him up.

He is being held in Wapello County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Update:

Armstrong requested a speedy trial. His pretrial conference is scheduled for Aug. 12 and his trial is set to begin on Sept. 10.

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