The Ottumwa Courier

July 23, 2013

Arraignment set in toddler assault case


Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — The arraignment has been set in the case of an Ottumwa man accused of beating the toddler he was babysitting.

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.

All are felony charges.

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.

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.

His arraignment has been set for Aug. 5.