- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014
Woman facing neglect charge can’t see kids alone

TOWN OF BURNETT, Wis. (AP) - A Dodge County woman who faces child neglect charges after officials say they found her kid in squalid conditions will not be allowed to see them without supervision.

Secoy Koch-Miller made her first court appearance Monday. A judge set bail at $1,000 with a condition that she can’t see her children unsupervised.

She was charged last week after authorities said they found her newborn and 2-year-old living among mice and human waste. Medical reports say the toddler was underweight, covered with bug bites, and had spiders in his hair.

The house in the Town of Burnett has been condemned.

The children’s grandmother, Betty Koch-Miller denies the kids were neglected. She says they’re all moving out of a house that was a bad situation.

The children are in foster care.

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Couple from Black Earth church convicted of abuse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A couple who spanked their young children with wooden dowels in line with their church teachings has been convicted of child abuse.

Twenty-nine-year-old Matthew Caminiti and 27-year-old Alina Caminiti of Black Earth were convicted Friday.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Ofzp06http://bit.ly/Ofzp06 ) Matthew Caminiti is the son of Philip Caminiti, who led Aleitheia Bible Church. The church taught parents to hit children, including infants, on their bare bottoms with wooden dowels to teach proper behavior.

Several members of the church were arrested in 2010. Philip Caminiti was convicted in 2012 of conspiracy to commit child abuse.

Lawyers for the couple say there was no evidence the spankings occurred. The couple’s trial was delayed by constitutional challenges claiming they had the right to discipline children and practice religion as they chose.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsjhttp://www.madison.com/wsj

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Michigan’s Nik Stauskas Big Ten Player of Year

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Michigan’s Nik Stauskas is the Big Ten’s Player of the Year.

Stauskas led the Big Ten with 13 games of 20 or more points.

Wolverines’ head coach John Beilein was named by the media Coach of the Year, while Tim Miles of Nebraska gained the honor from his peers.

Beilein led the Wolverines (23-7) to their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1986. Under Miles, Nebraska (19-11) earned the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.

In other honors, Indiana’s Noah Vonleh was named Freshman of the Year by coaches and media. Ohio State’s Aaron Craft was named Defensive Player of the Year and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes was voted the Sixth Man of the Year by coaches.

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Figure in Sharper rape case posts bond

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man booked on two aggravated rape charges in a New Orleans case also involving former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has posted a $400,000 bond.

Bond was posted Monday for 26-year-old Erik Nunez. However, a New Orleans sheriff’s spokesman said Nunez was transported to neighboring Jefferson Parish, where he faced unrelated traffic charges. Nunez’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for details.

Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, said he was being held on five traffic attachments with bond set at $3,500.

Sharper and Nunez each face two aggravated rape charges in New Orleans.

Sharper also faces seven rape and drug counts in two alleged attacks in Los Angeles. He pleaded not guilty in that case and was freed on $1 million bail. However, he was jailed again in Los Angeles on the New Orleans arrest.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn last week set a hearing for Thursday to give Louisiana prosecutors time to charge Sharper or for that state’s governor to seek his return through another type of warrant.

Sexual assault cases involving Sharper also are under way in Florida, Arizona and Nevada.

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