Beloit woman’s child neglect earns her probation, attitude in court gets her 60 days in jail
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Heather and Lakeidric McCoy were sentenced to three years of probation in a Rock County Courtroom Tuesday morning. In addition, Heather McCoy must spend 60 days in Rock County Jail.
In April 2018, the Beloit couple were charged with several counts of child neglect and one county of child neglect causing bodily harm after officials found eight children underfed with various scratches and bruises, living inside their home full of rat droppings, flies and garbage, according to a complaint.
“The home was filthy,” said Assistant District Attorney Scott Dirks. “There were no hygiene products in it, there was no toothbrush in the entire house, even though there were eight children and two adults living there.”
According to the criminal complaint, Heather McCoy’s daughter reported to the Beloit Police Department that she stayed at her mom’s house for one night in March and the house was filthy.
“This wasn’t just a case of two people who were too poor to care for their children, or didn’t know how to care for their children. There’s no way there can be any kind of excuse for this,” Dirks said.
Heather McCoy previously said elements of the complaint were not true or embellished, but the couple still pleaded guilty to all the charges earlier this month.
“Most people that know me know that I’ve taken care of my kids and that I didn’t live how they said I lived,” she said.
In court Tuesday morning, Judge Karl Hanson noted Heather McCoy’s dismissive attitude toward the hearing, pointing out that she had been shaking her head and rolling her eyes over the course of the trial. He said this is what led him to add 60 days in jail to her punishment.
“From the time you took your plea, you have rolled your eyes at me, you’ve shaken your head in disagreement with everything that everyone has had to say about these circumstances,” Hanson said. “I sit here today fully believing you do not appreciate the seriousness of the willfull neglect you showed towards these children.”
Heather and Lakeidric McCoy are in Rock County court for sentencing today.
In April 2018, police found the Beloit couples eight children in a home filled with garbage, flies, and rat droppings, according to an original criminal complaint. #News3Now @WISCTV_News3 pic.twitter.com/6cpjvqYezv
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The couple still face one more charge for child neglect leading to bodily harm, a felony, but that charge could be dismissed if the two successfully complete their probation.
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