BLOOMFIELD — A Davis County woman faces a 14-count indictment after authorities accused her of leaving a six-year-old with a man she knew had abused the girl.
Kendra Hoover faces seven counts of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person and seven counts of child endangerment. The criminal complaint in the case accused Hoover of “knowingly acting in a manner that created a substantial risk to [the victim’s] physical, mental or emotional health or safety and/or by knowingly permitting the continued physical or sexual abuse.”
Investigators said Hoover repeatedly left the victim with Steven Crook Jr., who faced dozens of federal charges, including sexual exploitation, transportation of child pornography, receiving child pornography and making false statements about Social Security.
Crook reached a plea bargain with federal prosecutors, agreeing to plead guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of children. The plea agreement itself is under seal. His sentencing is set for 10:30 a.m. April 10, and each charge carries between 15-30 years in prison.
The case against Crook began with a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The center then contacted law enforcement about a video that showed Crook having sex with a child.
Investigators said Hoover saw a video of the abuse “on or about November 10, 2017.” But she did not act, and there were “at least seven (7) more occasions” of abuse after Hoover knew of it.
The original bond for Hoover’s arrest was set at $200,000. That was reduced to $100,000 cash only after her initial appearance.
The child endangerment charges are Class B felonies, while the neglect or abandonment charges are Class C felonies. All together, the charges carry a maximum collective penalty of up to 245 years in prison.