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Northeast Iowa Man to Serve Up to 50 Years in Death of Four-Month-Old Daughter

A northeast Iowa man could spend up to a half-century in prison for his conviction on causing the death of his infant daughter almost two years ago.

In August 2023, after an 11-month investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s and Fayette County Attorney offices, 38-year-old Joshua Christen of Postville was charged with child endangerment causing death, a Class “B” felony.

According to the criminal complaint, Christen’s four-month-old daughter was found unresponsive at a residence in Elgin on September 2, 2022. She would be pronounced dead at Palmer Hospital in West Union.

Investigators say Christen was under the influence of a narcotic and acted in a manner that caused the death of the infant by asphyxiation. An autopsy showed she had meth in her system at the time of death. 

After initially pleading not guilty, Christen last week changed his plea to guilty in Fayette County District Court and Judge Richard Stochl sentenced Christen to serve a prison term not to exceed 50 years.

When Christen was charged with the child’s death, he was already in the Fayette County Jail on unrelated drug charges. Last September, he pleaded guilty to three counts of serious misdemeanor drug possession and one count of gathering where controlled substances are used.

Mark Pitz

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