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Dubuque Man Facing Several Charges After Toddler Dies of Injuries

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - A Dubuque man is facing several charges after a toddler died of injuries sustained while in his care.

Nicholas Reed, 34, is charged with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, manufacturing methamphetamine and manufacturing marijuana. All three charges are felonies.

On Friday, police responded to Finley Hospital for a report of an unresponsive child with severe burns. Bentley Randall, 2, was air lifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Bentley died from his injuries on Sunday.

According to police, Bentley's mother, left her son in the care of her boyfriend, Nicholas Reed. When she returned and learned of Bentley's condition, she transported him to the hospital where it was determined he had obvious submersion burns and was suffering from head trauma.

A search warrant was executed at Reed's residence where investigators located what appeared to be marijuana and methamphetamine. After locating the above mentioned narcotics, the Dubuque Drug Task Force executed an additional search warrant pertaining specifically to illegal narcotics. As a result, two additional charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Marijuana were filed on Reed.

Neglect or Abandonment of a Dependent Person is a Class C Felony punishable by imprisonment up to ten years and a fine between $1,000 and $10,000. Manufacturing Methamphetamine is also a Class C Felony carrying the same confinement potential, but with the fine ranging between $1,000 and $50,000. Manufacturing Marijuana is a Class D Felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine between $750 and $7,500.

The investigation remains ongoing with additional criminal charges possible.