Teacher Accused of Assaulting Disabled Student Won’t Stand Trial

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines teacher accused of assaulting an intellectually disabled student on two occasions will not stand trial.

Prosecutors dismissed charges against Anita Babe Friday morning.  Babe, a teacher at Hubbell Elementary, was accused of grabbing a 12-year-old hard enough to leave bruises on his arm for 13-days.

The boy’s mother said prosecutors told her that Des Moines Police “did not investigate it properly”.

“It’s so confusing to me.  It’s so hard to understand why this happens and why they’re not doing anything about this,” the mother added.

A police spokesperson denies that.  Sgt. Jason Halifax said the department did everything it could.

Babe is on administrative leave.  The Des Moines School District would not comment, saying this is a personnel matter.  The Polk County Attorney and Babe’s attorney have yet to return our calls.

We’ll show you what a school investigator had to say about the assault allegations on the Channel 13 News at 5.


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