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DES MOINES -- The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Maurice, Iowa, woman found guilty of injuring a child that was in her care.

The appeals court ruling filed Wednesday said that there was substantial evidence to support a jury's finding that Dianne Winder was guilty of child endangerment causing bodily injury and assault causing bodily injury. The court also denied her claim that her attorney provided ineffective assistance.

On Nov. 11, 2015, the mother of a then-15-month-old child noticed marks on his face when she picked him up from Winder's home. The mother took her son to the emergency room, where doctors contacted police and social workers, leading to Winder's arrest in December 2015.

A Sioux County District Court jury found Winder, 34, guilty in November 2016 at the conclusion of a four-day trial. She was later sentenced to five months in jail and placed on four years probation during which time she is prohibited from providing day care.


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