Iowa City man charged with child endangerment

BY DI STAFF | JULY 26, 2011 7:20 AM

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An Iowa City man was arrested after he allegedly got drunk and passed out while watching two young children.

Chad Alan Peterson, 44, 1631 Muscatine Ave. Apt. B, was charged July 24 with no-injury child endangerment and first-degree harassment.

Reports said Peterson's ex-wife, with whom he has two children, asked him to watch their two kids while she was away on Sunday.

When she returned, Peterson was allegedly passed out on the kitchen floor as the children, ages 4 and 6, were "running around unsupervised."

According to the complaint, a tub full of poisonous household cleaning supplies was left on the floor, as well as three pairs of scissors. One child was wearing only underwear; the other was naked.

Officers said the ex-wife woke Peterson up and told him to leave. After an altercation, Peterson allegedly threatened her by saying, "I'm going to kill you," prompting her to call the police. He was later arrested.

— by Brian Albert

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