Sigourney woman charged with child endangerment

SIGOURNEY- A Sigourney woman is facing two aggravated misdemeanors, after police say her four-year-old child left the house unattended three times. Rozilynn Gay was arrested on April 5 and charged with two counts of child endangerment in reference to two March incidents. According to the Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office, on March 6tharound 6:20 p.m., deputies received a report of a child that was observed running in and out of the highway near Pizza Ranch in Sigourney.

“Bystanders caught the little girl and held her until law enforcement arrived,” writes Deputy Jeff Runnells in a criminal complaint.

According to the criminal complaint, the child was taken to the law enforcement center, where her parents arrived to pick her up. After the child was picked up, a report was made to DHS.

“It was determined that the girl opened a door to her residence and walked over eight blocks crossing two major highways. The defendant was the only parent inside and did not realize her child took off. Failure to supervise the child creates a substantial risk to her safety,” Runnells wrote.

The March 6thincident was not the only incident leading to the arrest of Gay, according to Runnells. Runnells writes in a second criminal complaint that on March 29th, a Sigourney Police Department Reserve Officer noticed a four-year-old child playing at the Sigourney Elementary School playground unattended.

For more on this story and others, catch the April 10 edition of the News-Review.