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Mauston woman found not guilty of child abuse

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A Mauston woman was found not guilty of child abuse, first degree reckless injury and first degree reckless endangering safety on Wednesday at the Juneau County Justice Center.

Charges against Stacy L. Hartje, 31, were originally dismissed in 2008 from an alleged incident in 2007 involving a 3-year-old in her home. Hartje ran a daycare service, providing care for the boy and other children.

The case was reopened in 2012 and finally concluded with a six-day jury trial, ending with Wednesday’s verdict. All three counts were felony charges.

Defense attorneys Jonas Bednarek and Stephen Meyer represented Hartje, while prosecutors Richard Dufour and Ann Jay appeared for the State of Wisconsin. Dufour and Jay were assigned to the case as special prosecutors from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, after a request from Juneau County officials following the original dismissal in ’08. The first case was dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Hartje is presumed innocent of all three charges.

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