(Atlantic) The mother of the Atlantic girl, who allegedly had cancer, has been arrested for felony child endangerment.
According to the Atlantic Police Department at around 3 p.m. on August 21st authorities received information of a possible case of child abuse. The Atlantic Police Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Human Services began investigating and were later joined by the Cass County Attorney as the case began to unfold.
The preliminary investigation centered around 30-year-old Leatha Kaye Slauson, of Atlantic, who has for some time claimed that her five year old daughter is suffering from cancer, and who in recent months has alleged that the child is terminal. The preliminary results of the investigation indicate that the child does not suffer from any life threatening illness.
The Department of Human Services and the Atlantic Police Department interviewed Slauson about the incident. According to the Complaint and Affidavit filed with the Cass County Attorney, during the interview Mrs. Slauson admitted putting a feeding tube in her five-year-old daughters nose and down into her stomach. Slauson was not medically-trained to put in a feeding tube. During the investigation Slauson admitted to administering Cannabis Oil Extract to her five-year-old child without any medical purpose. A medical test of the child’s blood showed positive for THC.
Currently, Leatha Slauson is being charged with one count of felony child endangerment. Slauson is currently being held in the Cass County Jail as the investigation continues. Early stages of the investigation indicate that Mrs. Slauson is the only person involved in this matter.
During the past year the local community, as well as others around Cass County and beyond, have rallied together to help the family financially and to make what was believed to be the child’s remaining time as enjoyable as possible. Individuals and organizations within the community have organized fundraisers and a trip to Disney World in order to assist the family through what was believed to be a difficult time.
As of this time investigators would discourage citizens from making further contributions to the Super Riley Fund. Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said, “While those of us involved in the investigation know that this turn of events will greatly impact people within our area and beyond, we are proud that it is typical for our residents to rally to the aid of those among us who face devastating illness or circumstances. As this investigation unfolds it is our hope that the soft hearts of our residents can heal and once again be eager to give their time, finances and prayers for those in need.”
It is important to remember that any person charged in presumed innocent until proven guilty.
A press conference on this issue will be held at 3:00 p.m.at Atlantic City Hall.
August 22, 2014
p.m. news update