By Cara L. Dempski
MENOMONIE — A former Boyceville resident appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court last week on multiple charges of child neglect and reckless endangerment, and drug possession.
Aleisha Downey, age 32 of Knapp, appeared before Judge James Peterson for a preliminary hearing January 19 after being charged with four counts of child neglect, four counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety, misdemeanor bail jumping, felony bail jumping, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver THC, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
[emember_protected] Boyceville police chief Greg Lamkin testified during the hearing he and several other law enforcement officers went to Downey’s home June 27, 2017 to execute a search warrant for items taken from the Boyceville Public Library.
Lamkin’s testimony mirrored a criminal complaint filed by the Dunn County District Attorney’s Office in July 2017. The police chief indicated he, Boyceville officers Rud and Maxon, and Dunn County Sheriff’s Officers Kurtzhals and Larson executed a search warrant on Downey’s Boyceville home on June 27, 2017.
According to the complaint, the warrant was part of an investigation into a burglary that occurred at the Boyceville Public Library. The investigation identified three juvenile suspects, two of which resided at Downey’s home.
The Boyceville police chief testified he and the other officers found concerning conditions inside the home, with standing water in the basement, and multiple extension cords plugged in around the room. Lamkin also said one of the children told him the basement area – which did not have emergency egress windows – was where three of the children slept.
The fourth child in the home reportedly slept in the entry area at the front of the home. In response to assistant district attorney Andrew Maki’s questioning, Lamkin explained there were clothes and toys scattered around the living areas of the home, making it difficult to get from room to room.
Lamkin also said the kitchen cupboards were essentially bare, and there were dirty dishes piled in the sink and what appeared to be rotting food.
The Boyceville chief’s testimony indicated officers had to break a lock off the doorway of an upstairs bedroom in order to enter it. He said the room looked as though it belonged to a female, and he said he believed it was Downey’s bedroom.
In the course of searching the room, law enforcement found a locked box under the bed, which field tested positive for methamphetamine residue. Inside the box, there were several baggies of a substance that field tested positive for marijuana. The complaint indicates the baggies weight 15.33 grams, 13.61 grams and 6.04 grams.
There was also a black case inside the box containing a glass pipe, small glass vial, and digital scale, all of which also tested positive for methamphetamine. A hair sample sent to the United States Drug Testing Laboratories tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.
On cross examination, defense attorney Katie Bosworth asked Lamkin about why he did not stop searching Downey’s bedroom after it became clear to him that it was her room. Judge Peterson stopped her line of questioning by asking if she was making a motion for illegal search and seizure.
While in court, Lamkin also testified about Downey’s arrest in July 2017 after she was stopped for speeding. The associate criminal complaint indicated she charged with operating while revoked, misdemeanor bail jumping and felony bail jumping.
Peterson determined there was sufficient evidence in both cases to bind Downey over for trial in both cases, and scheduled an arraignment for February 19 at 11:30 a.m.
If convicted, Downey could face up to three years, six months in prison, up to $10,000 in fines, or both for the methamphetamine possession charge, six years, up to $10,000 in fines for the possession with intent to deliver THC charge and drug paraphernalia charge.
Each child neglect charge carries maximum penalties of up to $10,000 in fines, up to six months in prison, or both, and each reckless endangerment charge could be penalized by a fine up to $25,000, up to 10 years in prison, or both. [/emember_protected]