BUFFALO CENTER | A Fort Dodge man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after one charge was reduced and two others dismissed in a Buffalo Center child abduction case.
Daniel L. Smith, 30, originally charged with felony second-degree burglary, pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of trespassing.
Additional felony charges of child endangerment and assault while participating in a felony were dismissed.
Winnebago County Attorney Adam Sauer stated in court documents that evidence was insufficient to prove the burglary, child endangerment and assault charges against Smith.
BUFFALO CENTER — Two people have been charged in a child abduction case in Buffalo Center.
Authorities say Ashley Machain, 29, the children’s biological mother, brandished a knife when she and Smith, her alleged accomplice, took two small children from a house in Buffalo Center the afternoon of Nov. 23.
The children, ages 3 and 1, were recovered safely in Fort Dodge shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 24.
Machain is scheduled to be tried Nov. 1 on felony charges of second-degree burglary, child endangerment and assault while participating in a felony.
The 30-day jail sentence Smith received for trespassing is to be served concurrently with another 30-day sentence he received after pleading guilty to misdemeanor driving while barred.