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Case No. 18-2186

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State of Iowa
Justin Charles Fiems


State of Iowa


Justin Charles Fiems

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Maria Ruhtenberg, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 23, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Des Moines County, Emily S. Dean, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Greer, J., and Danilson, S.J.  Opinion by Danilson, S.J. (3 pages)

            Justin Fiems challenges the sufficiency of the evidence that he knowingly acted in a manner creating a substantial risk to the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health of safety.  OPINION HOLDS: By locking his seven-year-old child in a bare basement room for ten to twelve hours a night and leaving the child without access to a bathroom, communication, or egress, the jury could find Fiems knowingly created a substantial risk of emotional, mental, and physical harm.  We therefore affirm.

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