Lomira woman pleads guilty to child neglect; 3-year-old son died after she stepped on him, failed to get medical care

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JUNEAU, Wis. — A Lomira woman has pled guilty to neglecting a child roughly a year after the woman stepped on her 3-year-old son and failed to get medical care for him.

According to Dodge County court officials, 33-year-old Jamie Hildebrandt pled guilty in court on Thursday.

Authorities said the charge stemmed from an incident in March 2020. Hildebrandt was reportedly home alone with her three children when her mother showed up to visit with the children. Hildebrandt told her mother to stay away from one of the children because he was sick, but when the child’s grandmother went to the child’s room, she found him unresponsive, according to a news release.

The 3-year-old was later pronounced dead by the medical examiner. A subsequent investigation reveled the child died from internal abdominal injuries resulting in a loss of blood.

During interviews with investigators, Hildebrandt reportedly told officials she laid her son on the floor to change his diaper and forgot he was there. Hildebrandt then accidentally stepped on him when she got out of the shower. She did not seek medical treatment for the child, who ultimately died hours later.

“This is one of the most heart-wrenching cases I have ever experienced in my career,” District Attorney Kurt F. Klomberg “Every member of the investigation and prosecution team working on this case have been deeply affected by the tragic story of this child’s life and death. Our hearts ache for this innocent little boy.”

According to a release, a pediatrician hired by the medical examiner to review the case and serve as an expert for the prosecution said the child was subjected to chronic neglect. An emergency medicine doctor hired by the District Attorney to review the case and serve as an expert for the State said a reasonable adult should have noticed the child was in “serious distress.”

Hildebrandt has a sentencing hearing scheduled for July 27 at 1:30 p.m.