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Belmont woman sentenced to 20 years in child neglect case

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LAFAYETTE COUNTY (WKOW) — A Belmont, Wisconsin, woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison after prosecutors say she severely neglected her two children, with an infant nearly being starved.

Jamie Lee Weigel, 27, was convicted of one felony count of child abuse, intentionally causing great bodily harm and one felony count of chronic neglect of a child, consequence bodily harm.

On the child abuse charge, Weigel was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of extended supervision.

On the neglect charge, Weigel was sentenced to an additional five years of prison and five years of extended supervision.

Weigel and Dalton Hopper were both charged in the case.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office began investigating after Weigel and Hopper brought their 4-month-old daughter to the Upland Hills Health Center in Dodgeville, where a physician assistant with UW Children’s Hospital diagnosed her with “child neglect, non-organic failure to thrive and medical neglect.”

The physician’s assistant told investigators that in her five years with Children’s Hospital, she has only seen one case where a child suffered more neglect and malnutrition.

She said the child could have died from malnutrition in as little as a week, if she hadn’t been brought to the doctor.

According to the complaint, Weigel admitted that she, “wasn’t feeding her like I should have been.”

Weigel and Hopper also have a 1-year-old daughter.

Hopper earlier was given a sentence of 15 years in prison and five years extended supervision on child abuse - intentionally causing great bodily harm (party to a crime).

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