The Ottumwa Courier

August 13, 2013

Toddler assault trial pushed back

By CHELSEA DAVIS
Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — The man accused of beating the toddler he was babysitting will go on trial in December.

Dustin Dewayne Armstrong, 19, has been 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.

At a pre-trial conference Monday, his trial was pushed back to Dec. 3, and a final pre-trial conference will be held Nov. 18. His trial was originally scheduled for Sept. 10.

Armstrong's attorney, Allen Cook III, requested that his client's pre-trial conference and trial dates be continued so "additional discovery" could be completed.

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.

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

The toddler is now recovering in therapy in Des Moines.

Armstrong also withdrew a previous request for a new attorney.

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