DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP/KCAU) — A May 4 sentencing date has been scheduled for a Dubuque man who neglected to properly care for his girlfriend’s baby.
The Telegraph Herald reports that Mark Ward pleaded guilty to neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, a Class C Felony.
His sentencing date is May 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the Dubuque County Courthouse.
Ward and his girlfriend, Iesha Searcy, were the primary caregivers of Searcy’s then 9-month-old daughter.
The girl weighed less than 11 pounds when seen by a dietitian on August 15, 2018.
Court documents say the infant was hospitalized two days later, and a doctor found her to be severely malnourished.
Searcy has pleaded not guilty to neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, a Class C Felony.
Her trial date is March 31 at the Dubuque County Courthouse.
The sentencing and trial dates are subjected to change due to coronavirus concerns.