Local man arrested for felony injury to a child

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James H. Dunkle

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IDAHO FALLS — A local man was arrested for felony injury to a child on Tuesday.

Police reports show that at around noon, Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies and Idaho Falls Ambulance were called to a residence on Parri Drive in Bonneville County.

James H. Dunkle, 30, had contacted dispatch and reported that an 18-month-old child had fallen off the bed and was unresponsive, according to a news release. When emergency responders arrived he was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

Dunkle told deputies on scene that the child belongs to his girlfriend and he was babysitting for her while she was at work.

Deputies noticed the injuries to the child were inconsistent with what Dunkle advised had happened and began questioning him further. During this time Dunkle admitted to causing physical injuries to the child.

At the hospital, the child was found to have suffered several serious injuries to the head and body, that required transport by life flight to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Utah for further treatment.

After being interviewed by deputies, Dunkle was placed under arrest and transported to the Bonneville County Jail where he was booked for felony injury to a child.

Deputies are still investigating this case and no further information is available at this time.

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