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Slaughterhouse worker faces child labor charges

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Nearly a thousand new charges have been filed in the state's prosecution of alleged child labor violations at a northeast Iowa kosher meatpacking plant.

The new charges, more than 900 of them, were filed earlier this month against Jeffrey Heasley, a beef production supervisor at Agriprocessors in Postville.

Last fall, the Iowa attorney general's office filed more than 9,000 charges against the plant, its owners and managers. Prosecutors accuse them of hiring minors and in some cases having children younger than 16 handle dangerous equipment.

The state has filed a motion to join the case against Heasley with the other defendants. Heasley's trial is scheduled for April 20, the same day as the other defendants.

A hearing is planned Wednesday.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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