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Mauston Day Care Provider Charged with Three Felonies


Stacy Hartje, of Mauston, Charged with First Degree Reckless Injury, Physical Abuse of a Child, First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety


MADISON — On March 7, 2012, a criminal complaint was filed against Stacy Hartje, charging her with three felony counts relating to injuries inflicted on a three-year-old child. The complaint alleges that the child was left with the defendant, who was providing day care services for the child, on the morning of June 7, 2007. About 12:45 p.m., a 911 call was made by Ms. Hartje reporting that the child was having a seizure and was non-responsive.


According to the criminal complaint, later medical evaluations placed the injury to the child as occurring after the time that the child was left in the care of Stacy Hartje. The complaint alleges that the child suffered injuries that, without life-saving surgery, would have resulted in death. The complaint further alleges that the defendant has not provided any accidental cause for the injuries that the child sustained that explains the injuries medically.


An initial appearance is scheduled for March 21, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. While the defendant has been charged in a criminal complaint, she is presumed innocent and the state will need to prove her guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


This matter has been investigated by the Juneau County Sheriff's Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) of the Department of Justice. The state is being represented by Assistant Attorney General Richard J. Dufour. A copy of the criminal complaint is available at the following link:


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