Hawarden Man Arrested, Accused Of Exposing Child To Meth

Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden man has been arrested on child endangerment charges.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the Sioux County Clerk of Court’s Office by the Hawarden Police Department, 22-year-old David Topete of Hawarden is accused of exposing a minor child to methamphetamine. He was arrested on Tuesday.

In his statement, the officer states that a hair stat test was conducted on a minor child in Topete’s care, and the results came back positive for methamphetamine. The officer says that indicates that the parents of the child exposed the child to meth. He says there was no serious injury to the child.

Topete was charged with child endangerment-meth exposure, a class D felony. If convicted, Topete could face up to five years in prison. The child’s other parent, Madison Hardin of Hawarden was arrested on the same charge earlier this month.

No court dates have yet been set in the case.

At last report, Topete had been released from the Sioux County Jail in Orange City after posting a $2000 cash or surety bond.


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