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Case No. 22-1581

State of Iowa
Paula Lynn Cole

Paula Cole seeks further review of the court of appeals decision affirming her conviction for child endangerment under Iowa Code section 726.6(1)(a). She was charged after leaving her five children, ages twelve to five, alone in her apartment while she went to the store for an undetermined amount of time. Cole argues there was not sufficient evidence to prove the third element of child endangerment regarding whether she acted in a manner that created a substantial risk to the children’s physical, mental or emotional health.

Black Hawk
Trial Court Case No.:


State of Iowa


Paula Lynn Cole

Attorneys for the Resister

Louis S. Sloven
Brian Williams
Alisha Stach

Attorney for the Applicant

Ella M. Newell

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Jan 23, 2024 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 16, 2024

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 30, 2023

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, William P. Wegman, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Ahlers, P.J., Badding, J., and Vogel, S.J.  Opinion by Vogel, S.J.  (7 pages)

            Paula Cole appeals from her conviction for child endangerment.  OPINION HOLDS: The evidence is sufficient to find Cole acted knowingly in a manner that created a substantial risk to her children’s physical, mental, or emotional health.

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