Doon, Iowa — A Doon woman has been arrested on a felony child endangerment charge after a July traffic stop near Doon.
According to a criminal complaint filed with the Lyon County Clerk of Court’s Office by the county sheriff’s office, 33-year-old Anette Espinoza of Doon is accused of driving impaired with four children in the vehicle, one of whom is mentally disabled. The alleged incident occurred on July 15th. She was arrested on Monday.
In his statement, the deputy states that she was originally pulled over for an equipment violation. He says Espinoza showed signs of alcohol and drug impairment, and that THC wax was discovered. He says Espinoza failed field sobriety tests and then submitted to a preliminary breath test that indicated she could be over the legal limit. A blood test came back positive for marijuana. According to the deputy, Espinoza had four minor children under her care in the vehicle, one of which had a mental disability and was not able to care for or protect himself from Espinoza’s actions.
Espinoza was charged with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, a class C felony. If convicted, Espinoza could face up to ten years in prison. She also faces misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and driving under the influence.
She faces an initial appearance on September 19th, 2023.