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Three El Do residents charged with felony child abuse


Three people from El Dorado Springs have been charged with felony child abuse crimes.

According to online court dockets, Julian and Florence Norval, born 1985 and 1984, respectively, and Lester H. Shifflett, born 1973, each face two class A felony counts of abuse or neglect of a child, with serious emotional or physical injury and no sexual contact. 

The probable cause statement was filed and sealed from public access on Wednesday, Oct. 26, to protect the privacy rights of the victims.

Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney Ty Gaither said the Norvals and Shifflett “were often acting together” when allegedly committing the abuse at home.

“The discipline in this case, we believe, is not reasonable discipline,” Gaither said. 

The Norvals and Shifflett are currently being held in the Cedar County Jail without bond. 

If convicted, they each face life in prison.