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Mom Holding Child, Loaded Handgun Arrested in Backyard

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MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa — Police arrested a Mitchellville woman in her own backyard for child endangerment, Monday.

Callers said Jennifer Jones, 30, was outside with a gun.

Jones told officers she was chasing a prowler.

Police say they’ve been to the home before for similar reports from Jones that have turned out to be false.

Besides having a loaded .22 caliber handgun, she also had her 3-year-old child with her.

Jones was taken into custody and a mental health evaluation is being done. She is being held in the Polk County Jail.

The Department of Human Services is caring for the child.

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