Authorities Release Cause in Toddler's Death


By Michelle Long

COGGON - Skylar Inman's cause of death was due to non-accidental multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities also say they are not releasing the 911 call due to the ongoing investigation.

Linn County authorities says a 23-year old Coggon man killed a two-year old child he was living with.

The alleged murder happened back on July 11th. Someone at two-year old Skylar Inman's home called 911 after the little girl stopped breathing and became unresponsive. She was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids where she later died.

Police arrested Lee James Muldoon on Tuesday for first degree murder and child endangerment causing death, two months after it all happened.

The sheriff's office says Muldoon is not her father.

Muldoon is being held for Linn County at the Jones County jail without bond and scheduled to appear in a Jones County courtroom Wednesday morning for his initial hearing on those charges.

No one answered the door at the family's home on Tuesday, but TV9 did talk to several family members. Everyone declined to comment. Neighbors did say that Muldoon was a nice person who kept to himself.

Iowa court records online show Muldoon has a long rap sheet. His past crimes include assaults and it shows he went to a state juvenile facility as a teenager.

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