- 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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