The day after a Quimby man was arrested for allegedly injuring an infant, a fire that was determined to be arson occurred at the address of the alleged child abuse.
On Thursday, the Cherokee County Sheriffâ€™s Department arrested Cody Foster, 25, and charged him with Willful Injury (Class D Felony), Child Endangerment (Class C Felony), and Domestic Abuse Assault, in connection with a Child Abuse Investigation involving significant injuries to a six-week-old child. Also arrested was Virginia Kelm, 22, who was charged with Child Endangerment.
Foster and Kelm both reside at 207 North Main Street in Quimby and are parents of the child. They were jailed. The Cherokee County Sheriffâ€™s Department was assisted by the Child Protective Services of the Department of Human Services.
The child was released from the childrenâ€™s hospital in Omaha on Friday and placed in foster care.
On Friday at 9:42 p.m., the Quimby Fire Department and Cherokee County Sheriffâ€™s Dept. responded to a house fire at 207 North Main Street in Quimby. During an investigation by the State Fire Marshal, it was determined that the fire had been set, entry to the house had been forced prior to the arrival of the fire department, and the inside of the house had been ransacked. The residents were not at home at the time of the break-in.
According to the sheriffâ€™s department, the fire was set by men who had consumed alcohol in order to convince Foster to leave town.
After the joint investigation by the State Fire Marshalâ€™s Office and the Cherokee County Sheriffâ€™s Office, three arrests resulted. Arrested were Danny Lee Dalton, 41, Quimby; Kevin Michael Hill, 32, Quimby; and William John Todd, 31, rural Washta. All three were charged with Burglary 3rd Degree (Class D Felony) and Criminal Mischief 2nd degree (Class D Felony).
Dalton was also charged with Arson, 2nd Degree (Class C Felony). All three were jailed and released on bond.