A Des Moines child has died nearly five years after his father abused him.
Ethan Nelson, formerly Ethan Neiderbach, passed away Thursday at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
He was four years old.
Funeral services will be held next week in Des Moines.
In lieu of flowers his family is asking that books and toys be donated so they can be given to local hospitals and rehabilitation facilities.
Ethan was just a few months old when he was assaulted by his father in July 2009.
Jonas Neiderbach is serving a 50-year prison sentence. A jury found him guilty of multiple counts of child endangerment.
Ethan suffered a broken arm, broken ribs and permanent brain damage while in the care of his father.
Ethan’s birth mother, Jherica Richardson, is serving a 20 year prison sentence for child endangerment.