Rock Valley, Iowa — Following the arrest of a Rock Valley woman on charges of Dependent Adult Abuse, the woman’s employer, Hope Haven in Rock Rapids, has released a statement.

In the statement, Marlowe Van Ginkel of Hope Haven says, “The incident which occurred on April 27 was addressed immediately by Hope Haven staff. Hope Haven is very concerned about the safety and the well-being of every person receiving services at Hope Haven. The individual is no longer employed at Hope Haven.”

The incident Van Ginkel cites is one in which Rock Valley Police arrested 27-year old Guadalupe Fonseca who, while acting as a care-giver in a Hope Haven group home, allegedly struck a dependent adult in the abdomen with her foot five times. Rock Valley Police Chief Monte Warburton says his agency was contacted at the time of the alleged offense, by Hope Haven staff. Warburton said the resulting investigation culminated in Fonseca’s arrest.

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Original story posted 2:58pm, 5/8/18

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley woman has been arrested on a charge of Dependent Adult Abuse.

According to Rock Valley Police Chief Monte Warburton, his department began an investigation on April 27th, after a complaint was filed with the Rock Valley Police Department by Hope Haven Staff in Rock Valley.

Warburton says that 27-year old Guadalupe Fonseca, an employee of Hope Haven, acting as a caretaker, was working in a group home on April 27th when she allegedly struck a dependent adult in the abdomen five times with her foot. Warburton says an eyewitness observed the alleged incident, and reported it to Hope Haven management.

According to Warburton, Fonseca was arrested Tuesday, May 8th, on a charge of Dependent Adult Abuse, which is a serious misdemeanor, and transported to the Sioux County Jail.

The Rock Valley Police Department was assisted by the Iowa Department of Human Services.

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