Provider sentenced to probation in head trauma case

Nearly two years after a Marshalltown woman was charged with causing serious head trauma to a toddler, a judge Monday granted a deferred judgement.

Rhonda Van Gorp, 54, was charged with child endangerment resulting in serious harm and neglect of a dependent after a five-month investigation by the Marshalltown Police Department in April 2012.

Officers were initially called to the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center emergency room with the report of a 15-month-old boy with head trauma.

Police said the child had been in the care of Van Gorp at her in-home daycare, 208 N. First St., when he sustained the injury.

Last month as part of an agreement with the Marshall County Attorney’s Office, Van Gorp entered an Alford Plea for child endangerment.

She waived her personal appearance at her sentencing in associate court.

According to court documents, Judge Kim Riley ordered Van Gorp to pay $4,743.91 restitution to the Crime Victim Compensation Program, a $625 civil penalty as well as court costs and court-appointed attorney fees.