The state Department of Justice will seek to retry a Mauston woman charged with child abuse whose trial ended with a hung jury last week.
Sauk County Circuit Judge James Evenson declared a mistrial late Friday in the seven-day trial in Juneau County of Stacy L. Hartje.
“The judge is planning on a status conference in January, at which point the state will be asking for a new trial date to be set,” Dana Brueck, Department of Justice communications officer, said Tuesday in an email.
A jury of seven men and five women deliberated about eight hours before telling the judge at about 8 p.m. they were deadlocked.
Hartje, 30, was charged with first-degree reckless injury, child abuse causing great harm and first-degree recklessly endangering safety for alleged abuse of a 3 ½-year-old boy in her home, where she provided day care for the boy and other children.
“I’ve never hit (the victim). I’ve never hit any child – ever,” Hartje testified Thursday, the last day of testimony.
The case was prosecuted by special prosecutors from the state Department of Justice, which reviewed the case at the request of Juneau County officials following dismissal of the original charges against Hartje for lack of evidence in 2008.
The alleged victim, who today is 11, suffers from learning disabilities and physical problems from life-threatening swelling and bleeding in the brain that prosecutors say Hartje caused June 7, 2007.