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Case No. 18-1487

State of Iowa
Ethan Landon Davis


State of Iowa


Ethan Landon Davis

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Vidhya K. Reddy, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 18, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wayne County, Patrick W. Greenwood, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and May and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J. (10 pages)

            Ethan Davis appeals from his convictions of assault causing bodily injury and child endangerment.  Davis challenges the sufficiency of the evidence to support his child-endangerment conviction.  Specifically, he challenges whether the evidence establishes he “knowingly act[ed]” and whether those actions created a “substantial risk” to the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health and safety.  Davis also maintains he received ineffective assistance from trial counsel when counsel did not challenge the jury instruction on “substantial risk.”  OPINION HOLDS: Because substantial evidence supports Davis’s conviction of child endangerment and his claim of ineffective assistance fails, we affirm.

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