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Woman accused of sexual abuse, assault takes Alford plea

Tawny Symonds ran an in-home daycare in Mason City.

Posted: Dec. 11, 2017 10:02 AM
Updated: Dec. 14, 2017 10:13 AM

Mason City, Iowa – A woman who worked as a Mason City in-home daycare provider has entered an Alford plea for child endangerment.
Tawny Symonds had two counts of a Class B felony for sexual abuse and a Class C felony for assault dismissed.
“There is strong evidence of actual guilt when considering all of the evidence, including testimony of unrelated and independent witnesses and the charges against me,” the court document states.
Symonds, 31, who lists Wells, Minnesota, as her home address, was accused of sexually abusing a child under the age of three.
She was charged in Dec. of 2016.
The child endangerment Alford plea is a Class D felony. She could face a maximum of five years in prison and a $750 fine.

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