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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Guilty plea to child endangerment and domestic abuse

Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Muscatine County District Court:

JOSEPH DWAYNE TITUS, DOB: 9/16/1988, formerly of 312 1/2 9th Street, Muscatine, pleaded guilty to two counts of Child Endangerment Causing Serious Injury and one count of Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Injury.

TITUS was arrested July 7, 2011, by the Muscatine Police Department following an investigation into injuries suffered by two children aged one and three years old. The investigation showed that Titus had abused the children of his live-in girlfriend. Both children were malnourished and one suffered a fractured arm. The investigation also showed that Titus had struck his live-in girlfriend and caused injuries. Both children have recovered from their injuries and are living with another relative.

The plea agreement with Titus calls for consecutive prison sentences for a total term of not to exceed 21 years. Titus will be sentenced at a hearing in approximately six weeks. The date of Titus' sentencing hearing was not available at the time of this press release.