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September 27, 2013

Charges lowered against shock collar defendant

Knoxville — Pursuant to a plea agreement made with Daniel Lee Hardwick, Marion County Attorney Ed Bull intends to file new trial information that will lessen the charges against the defendant. 

According to Bull, Hardwick is expected to plead guilty to a charge of child endangerment. The new trial information was filed to allow a hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 1:30 p.m., to be held in Associate District Court. 

Hardwick was arrested on July 25. According to court records, social worker Dana Anderson of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) contacted the Knoxville Police Department for possible safety reasons at 1 p.m. 

Officer Lance Eysink arrived at 1:05 p.m. and made contact. Anderson told Eysink that Hardwick was suspected of hitting his 12-year-old son on the buttocks with a leather dog leash, causing injury. Hardwick was also suspected of shocking his son with a dog collar. 

Eysink reports that he made contact with Hardwick. Anderson asked the suspect about the allegations, and Hardwick allegedly said he used the collar to “motivate” the boy to do chores. Hardwick made no comment regarding the alleged beating. What Hardwick did admit, according to court records, is that he placed his son in a high chair on the curb. The boy was forced to wear a sign that read, “I refused to eat my big boy food, please feed me. I'm hungry.” 

DHS was investigating Hardwick prior to contacting the KPD. Police Chief Dan Losada said he did not know why.

“It is not unusual for DHS to get a complaint and then either refer it to a local agency or ask the local agency to assist with their investigation,” Losada said. 

Hardwick has previously pled not guilty. 

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