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Police: Woman slapped, choked young girl, scratched boy

Woman faces three counts of child endangerment

Ashley Rempt
Ashley Rempt

A Coralville woman faces charges of child endangerment after two children accused her of repeated abuse over the course of two years.

According to a series of criminal complaints filed with the Johnson County District Court, a 7-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy told Coralville police that Ashley Rempt, 27, subjected them to physical abuse on multiple occasions.

The girl, according to the documents, described several occasions when Rempt “shoved a bar of soap into the child’s mouth.” The child told police the bar of soap was forced into her mouth with such pressure that it made “blood come from her teeth,” and she would “get bloody noses if she struggled” with Rempt.

Additionally, the girl told police that “she couldn’t eat for one day” because the soap was stuck in her teeth and she couldn’t wash it out, the complaint states.

In another incident in July, according to the complaint, Rempt allegedly “strangled and then slapped the 7-year-old (girl) across the face leaving a clearly discernible handprint mark on the child’s cheek that was visible several days after the incident.”

According to the complaint, the child told police Rempt “grabbed her and squeezed her neck,” which “made her neck feel like a bone was broke,” and “smacked her” because she was throwing a fit.

Police said the child’s father noticed the mark on the girl’s face and asked what happened, and Rempt allegedly admitted to slapping the girl because “she was throwing a tantrum.”

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The 4-year-old boy told police that in October 2017, Rempt became upset and “scratched him across the face with her artificial fingernails, leaving deep bloody scratches on the child right cheek that ran from near his ear to the area near his mouth,” according to the complaint.

Rempt faces three counts of child endangerment with bodily injury, a Class D felony.

A warrant was issued for Rempt’s arrest on Oct. 15 and she was taken into custody early Wednesday morning by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Rempt has since made her initial appearance in Johnson County District Court, where a judge appointed a public defender. She was released with orders to have no contact with the children unless approved by the Department of Human Services. Her next court appearance is set for Nov. 5.

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