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Lomira mother accused in toddler's death moves closer to trial
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Lomira mother accused in toddler's death moves closer to trial

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Case against Lomira mother accused in toddler's death takes one step closer to trial

Jamie Hildebrandt appears before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer on Tuesday with a not guilty plea being entered by the defense.

JUNEAU – The case against a 32-year-old Lomira woman accused of neglect in her son’s death is headed to trial.

Jamie Hildebrandt is charged with a felony count of neglecting a child where the consequence is death. She could face up to 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted of the charge.

Hildebrandt, who is currently in the Dodge County Jail, appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer Tuesday and a not guilty plea was entered by her defense attorney.

Hildebrandt’s 3-year-old son died March 6. An autopsy by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner found multiple blunt force trauma injuries, including contusions to the boy’s head, chest, back and upper and lower extremities. He had abrasions to his head, face, chest and upper and lower extremities, a large subgaleal scalp hemorrhage and injuries to the child’s pancreas and an area of his stomach.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement spoke to Hildebrandt March 10 at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. During the interview, Hildebrandt allegedly said she went to the bathroom in the midst of changing his diaper, forgot the boy was on the floor and accidentally stepped on him.

Hildebrandt said she thought she had stepped on the boy’s ribs, but they did not feel broken, the complaint states. She then helped the boy to his bed.

Hildebrandt said she did not check on the boy until her mother came to her home. Hildebrandt’s mother called police after finding her grandson around 7:30 p.m. March 6.

The father of the child, Frank Pleester Jr., was taken into custody on a probation hold through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and has not been charged. According to the criminal complaint, he told investigators that he had seen the boy that morning and had not observed any bruises at that time.

According to the criminal complaint, the grandmother told police she wanted to visit her daughter, but her daughter said her children were sick. The grandmother ignored her daughter’s wishes and traveled to Lomira. The grandmother told Hildebrandt to take a nap because she said she wasn’t feeling well and tended to her other two grandchildren while she believed the 3-year-old was napping. She checked on the boy after supper and called 911 at which point CPR was done on the boy.

EMS responded and called in the Dodge County Medical Examiner for the child’s death.

Two other children have been removed from the home by Dodge County Human Services.

A telephone scheduling conference will occur Sept. 8.

Follow Terri Pederson on Twitter @tlp53916 or contact her at 920-356-6760.

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