Child endangerment charges were filed today against a woman who works at a northern Iowa care facility where a mentally handicapped boy died earlier this year. 35-year-old Lori Ann Ingham of Swaledale was employed by Gerard of Iowa in Mason City when 11-year-old Tanner Wilson died February 9th while being restrained. Bill Roach, an executive officer for the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, declined making further comment.Three employees of Gerard of Iowa were fired in April for another incident in which a 12-year-old resident claimed he’d been tied up for a game of “escape.” It’s unclear if Ingham was among the employees fired after that incident. Roach could only refer to that incident in general terms, saying there is a second matter at Gerard that has been referred to the office and is under review.An official with Gerard of Iowa says Ingham is on administrative leave. That official said, in a press release, the staff “acted in a professional and appropriate matter” in the Wilson incident. Roach says Ingham will be allowed to surrender to law enforcement officials.If convicted of felony child endangerment, Ingham would face up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to ten thousand dollars.
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