Police: Mom Put Kids in Dangerous Conditions

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A Marshalltown woman has been accused of letting her two children live within close reach to dangerous items like knives, syringes and dog feces.

The Marshalltown Police Department says officers were recently sent to the home of 22-year-old Shelby L. Peak to conduct a search warrant on a separate case of alleged stolen property. Capt. Mike Hanken says officers found daggers, glass methamphetamine pipes with residue and other dangerous items within reach of a 1-year-old and 3-year-old.

Peak was arrested and the children were placed in protective custody. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports Peak was charged Wednesday with two counts of child endangerment. She also faces a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Peak has been appointed a public defender, but court records do not list her attorney's name.
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