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Man suspected of injuring Monona toddler appeared in court


The man suspected of severely injuring a Monona toddler last month appeared in court Tuesday.

That's 21-year-old Troy Laufenberg, who faces prosecution in three counties for probation violation and drug-related charges.

Dubuque police arrested Laufenberg Saturday night at the Road Ranger gas station in Dubuque. He is currently being held in the Dubuque County jail without bond.

On Tuesday, the judge set a hearing for Laufenberg's probation violation on Sept. 9. Also in court, Laufenberg, who appeared via closed circuit television from the county jail across the street, agreed to be eventually extradited to Wisconsin for a probation violation he faces there.

Laufenberg also faces three charges from the Clayton County prosecutor's office: possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and child endangerment, for allegedly having meth in an apartment where two children also lived.

Laufenberg will answer to those charges in Clayton County, most like after going through the probation revocation hearing in Dubuque County.

Clayton County prosecutor Al Heavens said he's also exploring the possibility of other charges stemming from an incident on July 15. That's when officials responded to the apartment in Monona Laufenberg shared with his girlfriend Emily Voshell, the couple's baby and a toddler from Voshell's previous relationship. On that day,officials found the toddler, Myah Larson, severely injured and unresponsive.

Myah has been in a coma-like state since that day, and many suspect Laufenberg may be responsible for that.

Monona police chief Jane Scott-Quandahl said the Iowa Department of Human Services had been monitoring the family for the month leading up to Myah's injury. She couldn't say much else, aside from Myah's injury happened the day after DHS completed its month-long observation and the DHS had suspicion the toddler could be in danger.

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