Thursday, October 16, 2008

woman arrested after kids blown off trailer

Sioux Center woman arrested after kids blown off trailer
2:20 PM

ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- A rural Sioux Center woman was arrested Saturday on a felony charge of child endangerment in connection with an Oct. 4 traffic accident that injured her two grandchildren.

Glenda Vermeer, 53, was also charged with failure to report a personal injury accident, a serious misdemeanor.

The Sioux County Sheriff's Office said in a statement today that it was notified Saturday about a possible child endangerment situation that occurred one week earlier near Sioux Center.

At 2 p.m. Oct. 4, Vermeer was eastbound on 400th Street in a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup, pulling a flatbed trailer. Her grandchildren, ages 4 and 7, were sitting on a mattress on the trailer and were apparently blown off of it, according to the sheriff's office. The children, who landed on the opposite side of the roadway, suffered minor injuries. Vermeer took them to the Sioux Center Hospital for treatment shortly after the accident, the sheriff's office said.

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