Storm Lake Police were dispatched to the Emergency Room at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Thursday morning, in reference to a possible child abuse or neglect.
Upon arrival, police met with medical center staff and the Iowa Department of Human Services and learned that a 3-year old female has been brought into the emergency room by her mother with a suspicious injury to her finger.
It was determined, the child's mother had allegedly placed a rubber band with a piece of tissue around the child's finger several days prior to cover a hang nail or similar injury. The ligature reportedly constricted blood flow to the finger for such an extended period of time that it damaged the finger severely causing the finger to become mummified and the rubber band to sink into the bone on the finger. In addition signs of gangrene were present.
A surgical team determined the finger was not salvageable and a portion of the small child's finger was amputated.
Police allege once the mother placed the rubber band on the child's finger, she didn't check it for no less then six days prior to taking the child to the emergency room. Police further allege the mother deprived her child of necessary supervision and healthcare which resulted in the child's injury.
On Friday evening, 30-year old Kaylyn Khamtan, and charged her with Child Endangerment Causing Serious Injury, a class C felony. She was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $10,000.00 cash bond.
Assisting in the investigation, was the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Buena Vista County Attorney's Office.