An 18-year-old mother from Adel has been arrested after her children were found running around, unattended and naked near Highway 6 on Thursday, Nov. 2.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Dallas County Court, the Adel Police Department received a call at about 9 a.m. on Nov. 2, reporting that the two children, who were both 2 years old, were running between their house at 708 Greene Street and Lincoln Savings Bank next door near Highway 6 and Highway 169. The court documents state that Highway 6 was very busy at the time.
By the time the police had arrived, they were informed that an older male had “herded the children in the house.” The man told police that he had heard a car honk, saw the kids running around and had put them back in the house at that time, and that he received no answer when he called for an adult.
The police officer entered the apartment and found 18-year-old Jasmine Cheyenne Teed, the children’s mother, asleep in the back bedroom. The officer states in the court documents that Teed needed to be pushed to be woken up.
Teed was arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment and the two children, along with a third child that was in the apartment, were left with her mother and grandmother.
The criminal complaint states that “the defendant (Teed) did not provide adequate supervision” of her 2-year-old children and they were in “substantial risk of injury being that close to a busy highway,” and with the temperature being 43 degrees at the time of the call.
A news release issued by the Adel Police Department states that the department notified the Iowa Department of Human Services and made a referal. The release states that the DHS accepted the case and an investigator has been assigned.
“We have a great working relationship with our local DHS officials and will be assisting them any way we can to make sure these children are kept safe,” said Adel Police Chief Gordy Shepherd in the news release.
“After hearing from the witnesses it was very clear the potential for a tragic outcome was there. Four lanes of heavy traffic on Highway 6, only feet away from a bustling Highway/169 intersection. We are very fortunate there were no injuries.”
Teed was held in Dallas County Jail, but 1st Call Bail Bonds posted her $2,000 bond on Monday, Nov. 6. She will appear in court for her preliminary hearing on Nov. 13 at 11 a.m.