3-year-old calls 9-1-1 during mom’s alleged sexual assault

Man jumps out second-story window

A three-year-old child called 911 on Tuesday morning as her mother was allegedly sexually assaulted,  forcing her suspected abuser to jump from a second-story window to avoid capture.

Police were called to an apartment complex in the 800 block of Erie Street at 1:26 a.m. when officers learned Denis Reyes-Morales, 30, of Storm Lake, allegedly came to the apartment and knocked on the front door. When the woman opened the door, Reyes-Morales reportedly entered the apartment and attacked the woman.

Reyes-Morales sexually assaulted the woman in front of her three-year-old child. The three-year-old dialed 911 during the mother’s attack but no conversation occurred over the telephone. As police arrived at the front door of the apartment, Reyes-Morales jumped out of a second-story window.

Officers were advised that Reyes-Morales, who is known to the woman, attempted to sexually assault the woman during the early morning hours of June 28.

The woman was transported to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment. The three-year-old child was unharmed and was placed with a friend of the family.

At 2:34 a.m. police were observing Reyes-Morales’ residence located at 1103 West Fifth St. when they observed him approaching the residence. Police then took Reyes-Morales into custody without incident.

Police charged Reyes-Morales with burglary, sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

He was booked into the county jail on a $40,000 bond and a hold has been placed on him by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Storm Lake Assistant Police Chief Todd Erskine said, “The actions of the three-year-old child in dialing 911 during the attack of the mother were extraordinary and no doubt saved additional harm to the victim and her family.”