UPDATE: Mom accused of kidnapping her children pleads guilty

Mom charged with kidnapping her children pleads guilty


(AP) - A woman accused of abducting her three daughters in northwest Iowa has pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.

Clay County District Court records say 26-year-old Danica Arzaga, of Spencer, entered the pleas Wednesday to three counts of misdemeanor child endangerment.

The charges had been lowered from felony kidnapping.

She was given two years of probation and a suspended prison sentence of six years.

Authorities say Arzaga took the two 8-year-olds and a 4-year-old from their home in Royal on Sept. 19. The children were found abandoned in Sanborn later that day.

She was arrested Sept. 20 in Sioux City.


A Spencer woman charged with 3 counts of kidnapping has entered a not guilty plea.

Danica Arzaga, 25, entered her plea in a written arraignment on Thursday in a Clay County Court.

Arzaga is accused of kidnapping her 3 daughters from a relatives house and never returning.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert on September 19th for the three girls.

The children were later found abandoned in Sanborn, Iowa but Arzaga was missing.

She was arrested the next day in Sioux City.

A jury trial has been scheduled for December 12th in Clay County.

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The Spencer woman accused of kidnapping her three daughters from their grandmother's house late last month has her next court date.

Danica Arzaga will be arraigned in Clay County District Court on October 16th.

She was arrested in Sioux City the day after taking and later abandoning her children, who had been removed from her custody by the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Arzaga is charged with three counts of 3rd degree kidnapping.

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