Jackson Co. Woman Sentenced for Drowning 4-year-old Son

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By Aaron Hepker

MAQUOKETA, Iowa -The woman charged in drowning her 4-year-old son in a bathtub last year pleaded guilty Friday to child endangerment resulting in death and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

A hearing in Jackson County District Court on Friday was set to talk about a new trial date after several continuances, but Danielle Holdgrafer, 30, of Andrew, pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement with the state. The other two child endangerment charges against her were dismissed as part of the agreement.

Holdgrafer drowned her 4-year-old son Collin Parker William Holdgrafer June 12, 2010.

The boy’s father, Andrew Holdgrafer, 31, was also charged with child endangerment but he died of natural causes before his trial date.

Jackson County Attorney Chris Raker said “justice was served today.” He declined to comment on the reasons behind the plea agreement.

Holdgrafer does have a chance for parole with the 50 year sentence. No specific percentage has to be served before being eligible for parole.

Holdgrafer was initially charged with first-degree murder and the child endangerment charges but that charge was dropped last year.

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