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Case No. 18-2116

State of Iowa
Shanna Dessinger

Shanna Dessinger seeks further review of the court of appeals opinion affirming Dessinger’s conviction for child endangerment, arguing the court erred by excluding the child’s verbal assertions but not the simultaneous nonverbal assertions during the child’s demonstration of what happened.

Trial Court Case No.:


State of Iowa


Shanna Dessinger

Attorney for the Resister

Kyle P. Hanson

Attorney for the Complainant

Vidhya K. Reddy

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Oct 15, 2020 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 23, 2021
Date Amended:
Jun 29, 2021

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 13, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Webster County, Angela L. Doyle, Judge.  CONVICTION AFFIRMED, SENTENCE VACATED IN PART, AND REMANDED FOR RESENTENCING.2  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by May, J.  (11 pages)

            Following a jury trial, Shanna Dessinger was convicted of child endangerment.  She appeals arguing (1) hearsay was improperly admitted, (2) her Confrontation Clause rights were violated, (3) trial counsel was ineffective, and (4) the district court failed to make an ability-to-pay determination before imposing court costs.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm Dessinger’s conviction.  We vacate the restitution portion of her sentencing order and remand for resentencing.

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