Jury finds Menomonie woman guilty of causing mental harm to a child

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Dunn County (WQOW) – The jury has reached a verdict in the case of a Menomonie woman accused of using extreme measures to punish a 10-year-old child.

Kristine Buttke faced three counts connected to the case.

Prosecutors said the child had to sleep on the basement floor without a mattress or sheets and had to use that floor as a toilet.

Wednesday, after more than five hours of deliberation, the jury found Buttke not guilty of child abuse but did convict her on a count causing mental harm to a child.

A charge of child neglect was dismissed earlier in the trial. Buttke faces more than 12 years in prison at her sentencing in August.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer and an Evening Anchor.

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