Iowa – A Waterloo man has been sent to prison for injuring his infant daughter and waiting weeks before seeking medical attention for her.
“He delayed any amount of care, adding pain for that child,” Assistant County Attorney Elizabeth O’Donnell told the court Thursday as Judge Brad Harris weighed the state’s argument for incarceration for 23-year-old Toyreon Foster-Stevensen’s and the defense’s case for probation.
Harris sentenced Foster-Stevensen five years in prison on a charge of child endangerment causing bodily injury, a felony, and a concurrent two years for misdemeanor child endangerment for a total of five years.
Defense attorney Nichole Watt said her client was remorseful during his police interview. Court records show he admitted to drinking and becoming upset because the child’s diaper leaked. He told investigators he heard a popping sound when he jerked the child’s leg during the change.
Watt said she thought he didn’t recognize the injury.
“He is not evil,” she said. She noted that he had a significant alcohol problem at the time of the incident and has since gone to treatment and completed anger management.
Toyreon Foster-Stevensen told the court he has changed his life, learned self discipline and now attends church regularly.
His parental rights have been terminated.