DES MOINES, Iowa — An Altoona mother accused of child abuse will be arraigned on February 9th.
Jennifer Mills made a preliminary court appearance Friday morning.
She and her fiancé, Christopher Whitfield, are charged with child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.
Police went to the couple’s home last week after Southeast Polk school officials alerted them to possible child abuse. When they arrived, they say they found Mills’ three-year-old dangerously close to an open oven that was being used to heat the home.
A four-month-old was also unattended.
Police say they found Whitfield passed out in another room.
Whitfield waived his preliminary court appearance and is also scheduled for arraignment February 9th.