Neopit Woman Indicted for Felony Child Abuse on the Menominee Indian Reservation
Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on June 16, 2020, a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment against a woman allegedly involved in felony child abuse against a child on the Menominee Indian Reservation. The indictment named Markala K. Waukau (age: 18) of Neopit.
The indictment charged Waukau with Felony Child Abuse in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1153(a) and Wis. Stat. § 948.02(b)(2). If convicted, Waukau faces a maximum of three years in prison, up to a $10,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.
According to the indictment, on or about January 6, 2020, the defendant struck a child under the age of one with an elbow while at a residence on the Menominee Indian Reservation. The child’s injuries included a fractured skull and hematomas.
An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.