from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Jeanie K.
defendant appeals his sentences following his guilty pleas to
one count of child endangerment causing bodily injury and one
count of neglect of a dependent. AFFIRMED.
C. Smith, State Appellate Defender, and Melinda J. Nye,
Assistant Appellate Defender, for appellant.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Martha E. Trout, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee.
Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Bower, JJ.
Parson Jr. appeals the sentences imposed following his guilty
pleas to one count of child endangerment causing bodily
injury and one count of neglect of a dependent, pursuant to
Iowa Code sections 726.6(6) and 726.3 (2016), respectively.
He argues the sentencing court failed to consider the
statutory factors. We affirm.
Background Facts and Proceedings.
10, 2016, Morris Parson Jr. was charged by trial information
with child endangerment causing serious injury (count I), in
violation of Iowa Code section 726.6(1), and neglect of a
dependent (count II), in violation of Iowa Code section
726.3. The charges arose from an incident between Parson and
his girlfriend's five-month-old child.
2, 2016, Parson became frustrated with the infant after it
would not stop crying. Parson shook the infant three to four
times. The infant showed immediate signs of injury-its eyes
would not focus, it made a strange sound, and became stiff.
Parson and the mother took the child to the hospital for
treatment, but they did not reveal the cause of the injury.
The child suffered a life-threatening bilateral subdural
pled guilty to child endangerment causing bodily injury, a
lesser included offense to count one, and neglect of a
dependent. The court accepted Parson's guilty plea and
sentenced him to a five-year indeterminate prison term on
count one and a ten-year indeterminate prison term on count
two, which were to be served concurrently. The court
discussed its basis for the sentencing decision:
The Court has carefully considered the factors and
circumstances surrounding the offenses. The Court has
considered the statements and recommendations of counsel for
the State and counsel for Mr. Parson as well as Mr.
Parson's statement to the Court in this matter.
I have considered the PSI, but I am not taking into account
page 11 of the PSI regarding the dismissed charges. I am also
taking judicial notice of case number JVJV 239458, which was