Tanner Alexander Harms is facing a felony charge for allegedly striking and shaking the eight-month-old baby of the Denison woman with whom he lives.
Harms, 21, was arrested on a warrant served July 1 for child endangerment – serious injury, a Class C felony, and domestic abuse assault – 1st offense, a simple misdemeanor.
According to the criminal complaints filed in district court, Harms is accused of striking the eight-month-old multiple times in the skull at about 2:29 a.m. on June 30. The actions resulting in head trauma injuries, including a swollen forehead and bruising to both eyes and the head.
Harms is listed as a boyfriend of the mother and living with her and her child, but the criminal complaint also lists an Iowa City address for him.
After being arrested, Harms was charged with a number of felonies and misdemeanors for alleged actions on July 2 and July 3.
A criminal complaint says that at 2:47 p.m. on July 2, Harms intentionally destroyed the television and the cable attached to it while in his cell at the Crawford County Jail and allegedly said he did it because he wanted someone to listen to him. The television and cable had a value of about $350, and Harms was charged with criminal mischief – 4th degree, a serious misdemeanor.
Harms was charged with two Class D felonies for alleged actions at Crawford County Memorial Hospital that took place at about 4:50 p.m. on July 3. Criminal complaints say that he assaulted Crawford County Deputy Sheriff Devin Jepsen by hitting him with his elbow and throwing an IV pole at him, and also tried to kick and strike the deputy with his arms. The other Class D felony is for throwing a metal vomit bucket at Denison Police Chief Daniel Schaffer and kicking him.
The reason Harms was at the hospital cannot be disclosed due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Another criminal complaint says that about 6 p.m. on July 3, Harms allegedly became combative in his cell, climbed onto a table and broke the fire suppression sprinkler head off the wall, causing the jail to flood. Additional personnel had to be called in along with EMS and fire personnel to stop the water and flooding. The cost to replace and repair the fire suppression sprinkler system and the cost of the additional personnel to temporarily stop the flooding and clean the jail exceeded $10,000, and Harms was charged with criminal mischief – 1st degree, a Class C felony.
During this incident, Harms allegedly assaulted officers before he was restrained and placed in a restraint chair. He was charged with two aggravated misdemeanors for kicking Denison Police Officer Coletta Matson in the right thigh and right knee and for also trying to spit on her; and with one aggravated misdemeanor for spitting at Denison Police Officer Miguel Sosa’s person and arms and hitting him in the arm.
An arraignment has been set for 9:30 a.m. on July 29.