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Kellogg woman faces dependent adult abuse charge

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 9:51 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 10:50 a.m. CST

Following an investigation by the Newton Police Department, a Kellogg woman who was a self-proclaimed caretaker for a dependent adult is being accused of withdrawing $2,000 from the victim’s bank account.

Sandra L. Younger, 57, is charged with dependent adult abuse — exploitation over $100. The investigation began in April when Younger’s son, Travis W. Howerton, 33, allegedly forged five checks in one week in January totaling $3,700.

Younger did nothing to address the forgery after she was made aware of the incident, according to a police report. Also in January, Younger allegedly personally withdrew $2,000 in cash from the victim’s account.

In February, Younger brought the victim to the bank where an employee witnessed Younger threatening to leave the victim at the bank and not help them anymore if they removed her from the bank account.

Younger was arrested Oct. 11 and taken to the Jasper County Jail. She was released on a $7,500 surety bond.

Howerton has not been charged in the incident at this time, according to police. He has been serving time at the Anamosa Penitentiary for second-degree criminal mischief with a tentative discharge date of Dec. 9, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections website.

Contact Kayla Singletary at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or