Charges dismissed against mom whose child got burned from campfire

Patton drops case on insufficient evidence

Child endangerment charges have been dropped against a Storm Lake woman whose four-year-old son suffered second-degree burns last month after falling into a backyard campfire.

Buena Vista County Attorney Dave Patton asked last week to dismiss the case against Andrea Eades-Hogrefe, 37, of Storm Lake.

Hogrefe pleaded not guilty to child endangerment. Patton said he did not have sufficient evidence to convict Hogrefe.

According to Storm Lake Police, Hogrefe on May 24 left her four children, ages eight, six, and four-year-old twins, unsupervised for 10 minutes in their backyard.

One of the twins fell into the campfire and was pulled out by an older sibling. The four-year-old suffered second-degree burns on his buttocks, hand and forearm.