DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines couple lauded for their adoption of four children have been charged with child endangerment.
The Des Moines Register reports Damien Stovall, 38, and Allonna Stovall, 37, are accused of using a belt or wooden spoon to punish two of their children, ages 6 and 7. The couple’s seven children were removed from their custody.
Court records say a trial is scheduled for June 12. Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax says the charges are based on several incidents. The records say the couple used “unreasonable force and/or cruelty” against the children.
The newspaper says the Stovalls were recognized in a September ceremony in Washington, D.C., after adopting four children. They were designated “Angels in Adoption.”
The Stovalls and their attorney didn’t immediately return messages Wednesday.