HAWARDEN—A 33-year-old Hawarden man was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 8, on a charge of child endangerment resulting in bodily injury and two counts of child endangerment in which there was no injury.
The arrest of Donald Lynn Short stemmed from an investigation into an incident about 11:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, according to the Hawarden Police Department.
Short allegedly was upset with a daughter, “burst through the door,” went upstairs to her room, grabbed her arm and whipped her across the back with a black belt that was folded in half, according to court documents.
After striking the daughter repeatedly, Short went into the bedroom of another individual and attempted to strike that person with the same belt but was unsuccessful because that person used a blanket as a shield. Another sibling was in the room at the same time the daughter was struck.