Trial reset in child injury, neglect case

A trial has been rescheduled for a Marshalltown woman accused of causing serious head trauma to a child.

Rhonda Van Gorp, 54, was charged in April 2012 with child endangerment with injuries and neglect following a five-month investigation by the Marshalltown Police Department.

Police say Van Gorp was caring for a 15-month-old child at her in-home daycare, 208 N. First St., when the child was injured in early November 2011. The boy was taken to the emergency room at Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center with head trauma.

At a pre-trail conference Friday, Assistant Marshall County Attorney Ben Stansberry said a delay in the trial has occurred because of the many expert witnesses, many of whom are doctors, needed to review the case.

“This trial will be a battle of the experts,” Stansberry said.

Van Gorp’s attorney, Scott Hunter, agreed.

Stansberry also said he was re-extending a plea offer, however, the details of that offer were not made public.

District Court Judge James Ellefson set a tentative trial date for May 13.