OTTUMWA — An Ottumwa man now faces multiple felony charges after an 11-year-old girl was reported missing and later found.
On Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at approximately 4:35 a.m., the Ottumwa Police Department received information regarding a missing 11-year-old juvenile female. At approximately 9:20 a.m., the missing juvenile arrived at a residence in Ottumwa and the juvenile was located.
Police then began investigating the circumstances surrounding what lead to the juvenile to be missing. As a result, the child’s father, Peter Frederic Serrer, age 48, of 916 East 4th, Ottumwa, was arrested and charged with the following:
- Child Endangerment Causing Bodily Injury, a Class “D” Felony
- Neglect or Abandonment of a Dependent Person, a Class “C” Felony
Serrer is currently being held in the Wapello County Jail. The Iowa Department of Human Services assisted with the investigation.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.