Perry couple charged with child endangerment in June incident

A Perry man and a Perry woman were each arrested for child endangerment Friday in connection with a June incident in which a toddler in their care sustained bruises and a severe cut to his scrotum.

Victoria Leelynn-Jo Dugan, 25, of 2801 First Ave., Perry, was charged with child endangerment-serious injury.

Kyle David Duncomb, 22, of 2801 First Ave., Perry, was charged with child endangerment-serious injury.

The incident began June 4, when authorities at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines reported to the Iowa Department of Human Services that they treated a 2-year-old boy who had “an unexplained laceration to his scrotum, bruising to his forehead, and bruising to his stomach and groin area,” according to court records.

An investigation was launched, and Dougan and Duncomb told authorities in interviews that the victim’s “scrotum area was slightly swollen” on June 2 and had “more swelling and a small cut” on June 3, according to court records.

On June 4 “a severe laceration” to the victim’s scrotum area “was discovered and required medical intervention.”

Physicians at Blank Children’s Hospital determined that the victim’s injury was “concerning and likely caused by a straddle-type of injury with direct trauma to the scrotal sac,” and the injury did “not fit the family’s description of the symptoms,” according to court records.

Dougan is held in the Dallas County Jail in advance of an initial appearance in Dallas County District Court.

Duncomb is held in the Dallas County Jail in advance of an initial appearance in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.