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Northeast Iowa Mayor Charged with Felony Child Endangerment

A northeast Iowa mayor has been charged with two counts of felony child endangerment.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office says Waukon Mayor Patrick Stone was arrested on a warrant on Friday on two counts of child endangerment causing injury after an investigation into two incidents of possible child abuse. Both counts are Class D felonies. 

According to a criminal complaint, the 42-year-old Stone was asked to bring his son to the Waukon Police Department in March for a welfare check, and marks were visible on the child. That prompted Veterans Memorial Hospital to do a child abuse evaluation. Authorities determined that the child has a mental or physical disability and that Stone acted to physically injure the child.

In a separate incident in May, Stone is accused of injuring another child with a mental or physical disorder who had marks on multiple areas over their body. He is a parent or has custody over both children. 

Stone, released after posting bail, was elected Waukon Mayor in 2019 and then re-elected in 2021. His current term is set to expire in 2023. 

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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