IOWA FALLS — An Iowa Falls woman who pleaded guilty to injuring a child at her day care in February allegedly tried to get back into the child care business.

Now prosecutors are asking the court to revoke her probation.

Kimberly Vanessa Murray was arrested in February after she was accused of assaulting a 2-year-old boy she was babysitting. The child had severe bruising on his backside and buttocks, according to court records. She allegedly admitted to striking the boy because he was misbehaving.

Murray pleaded to one count of felony child endangerment and one count of misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury in July, and she was sentenced to five years in prison suspended to three years of probation and restitution.

As part of her probation, she was ordered to maintain employment or schooling. During her meetings with her probation officer, she asked if she could provide in-home daycare and was told that line of work wasn’t approved.

Probation officials later learned Murray was seeking to re-establish her daycare business, and on Aug. 29 she allegedly made a public Facebook post advertising three openings starting Sept. 18. She listed her phone number and noted her location is about a block from a bus stop. Drop-in care is on a space-available basis, according to the post.

Murray, 27, was arrested on a probation violation warrant Friday, and she was later released from jail pending a court hearing.


Staff Writer

Cops and courts reporter for the Courier

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