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Mauston Day Care Provider Bound Over for Trial in Juneau County


Stacy Hartje, of Mauston, Charged with First Degree Reckless Injury, Recklessly Causing Great Bodily Harm to a Child and First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety


MADISON — Today, in the case of the State of Wisconsin v. Stacy Hartje, the Honorable John P. Roemer, after hearing argument from counsel and considering the brief filed by the State, found that probable cause was shown to believe that a felony was committed and that the defendant probably committed that felony.  The State then filed an information, charging the defendant with three felony counts, which include: first degree reckless injury, recklessly causing great bodily harm to a child and first degree reckless endangering safety.  During the arraignment that followed the court’s finding, the defendant stood mute and the court then entered a not guilty plea on her behalf to all three counts in the information.


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 alleged 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 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 alleged that the child suffered injuries that, without life-saving surgery, would have resulted in death.


Today, the court set a pretrial date for October 1, 2012 and continued the bond.  The State is represented by Assistant Attorney General Richard J. Dufour.  The Office of Crime Victim Services also is providing services in this case, which was investigated by the Mauston Police Department, the Juneau County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Justice -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).


The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to that presumption unless and until the State proves her guilty at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.