A Camp Douglas woman was charged with first degree recklessly endangering safety and child neglect for alleged offenses between August of 2014 and May of 2016.
Lita A. Bauer, 21, could face up to 12 years and six months in prison or a $25,000 fine, or both, for the first charge and a possible $10,000 fine or nine months incarceration, or both, for the second offense. Charges against Bauer were filed by the Juneau County Clerk of Circuit Courts June 29.
According to a criminal complaint:
On May 17, 2016, a search warrant was issued for Bauer’s home in New Lisbon. A combined tactical unit (CTU) from Monroe County and a special unit from Juneau County seized several items from the home.
During the search, Bauer was interviewed and a child living in the home was left with a neighbor. On May 19, the neighbor reported Bauer never picked up the child after the interview. A few days later, the child was examined by a physician at UW-Madison’s child protective program. A hair follicle test allegedly proved positive for methamphetamine, amphetamines, cocaine and cannabinoids. The test results showed ingestion of methamphetamine and an environmental exposure to cocaine and cannabinoids. The child was placed into foster care.
On Nov. 8, 2016, a Juneau County deputy interviewed Bauer at the sheriff’s office. Bauer knew the child had been placed in foster care, but said she never directly did drugs in front of her. She admitted to doing drugs in the same house in a separate, closed room. Bauer said she did “weed and meth” but not cocaine. She admitted to being a heavy meth user, abusing the drug consistently every day. In the interview, Bauer stated she would go about six hours between using. She said the other three residents in the house would get high in a back bedroom.
After using drugs, Bauer said she would sleep for nine hours or more. She said she lived with three other people in the home and they were on the same routine. Bauer said the child would sleep next to her while she slept on a couch.
Bauer is scheduled to have an initial appearance Aug. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Juneau County Justice Center. Bauer is not currently being held in the county jail.