A 37-year-old mother from Newton, Iowa, was arrested on Aug. 22 and charged with child-endangerment after investigators there found out that she stood idly by and allowed 24-year-old Jacob White to sleep with her then 11-year-old daughter. The daughter, now 12, ended up getting pregnant, according to an Aug. 22 report from USA Today.
The neglectful mom isn't being identified in an effort to protect her daughter’s identity. White, a friend of the family, was charged in July with third-degree sexual abuse.
The investigation into White and the Newton mom began after a routine doctor’s appointment revealed that the now 12 year old was pregnant. Police in Newton as well as the Department of Human Services in Iowa were involved in that investigation. According to a Newton Police Department report, the young girl was quoted as saying to her mother during the visit to the doctor, "I tried to tell you several times" about the abuse.
The Iowa Department of Human Services’ investigation turned up several witnesses who knew that White had been sleeping with the youngster. When those witnesses said that they told the mother about the grossly inappropriate behavior, “their words fell on deaf ears, the police report said.”
"Witnesses indicated that they addressed it with the victim's mother ... who refused to take any action," the report said.
"Even after a witness told (the mother) that she had seen the victim and suspect engaged in sexual behavior ... (the woman) still failed to protect the victim by notifying law enforcement, DHS or taking any action to prevent the ongoing abuse." ~ The Des Moines Register
Police received further circumstantial evidence of the child sexual abuse in late June, after the young girl’s parents shared “printed copies of the girl's Facebook conversations” between the daughter and White. During an interview with the police, White admitted to having been involved in a sexual relationship with the 11 year old.
White said that the sex with the little girl began in January. The police report states: "During an interview with the defendant, he admitted that he grew emotionally attached to the victim and that the victim looked up to him as a person to confide in."
The child endangerment charge filed against the mother is an aggravated misdemeanor. The mom is currently free on bond and has been ordered to not have any contact with her daughter. A guardian has been appointed for the daughter, as well as a representative “to advocate for the girl's best interests during the court case.” The mom will be back in court in September.