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Babysitter charged in Prairie City dog attack death

4-year-old victim died as result of 'severe bite' injuries

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 5:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 8:00 p.m. CDT

The babysitter of a 4-year-old Prairie City girl has been charged in the child's death as the result of a dog attack Monday.

According to a press release issued by Prairie City Police Chief Louis Modlin, 4-year-old Jordyn Arndt, daughter of Jessica Tuinstra Arndt, died at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. The Prairie City Police Department did not disclose Arndt's identity, which was later confirmed by family members.

Nearly four hours later, Prairie City police arrested Jena Marie Wright, 24, in connection with the incident. According to Modlin, Wright was babysitting Arndt at the time of the incident and was "responsible for her care."

Wright was taken into custody and booked into the Jasper County Jail. She is charged with child endangerment resulting in death, a Class B felony, and neglect or abandonment of dependent person, a Class C felony.

Police and paramedics were dispatched at 2:01 p.m. Monday to 300 South Marshall Street in Prairie City on a report of a child who had been attacked by a dog, later identified as an American Staffordshire. Arndt was discovered to have suffered "severe bite wounds" and was airlifted to Mercy in Des Moines.

Prairie City Police were assisted by officers from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe Police Department.

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