(Lomira) A Lomira woman found guilty in connection to the death of her three-year-old child was in court yesterday for her sentencing hearing. Jamie Hildebrandt was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision. In April, Hildebrandt entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Neglecting a Child – Consequence is Death.
Deputies with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 725 Railroad Street in Lomira around 7pm on March 6th of last year for a report of a child who was not showing any signs of life. Among the responding officers was Sheriff Dale Schmidt who observed the child with significant bruising to his face and under his eyes as well as marks on various parts of his body.
An autopsy was conducted two days later were multiple contusions were documented, including (quote) “transection of the pancreatic body and laceration of the omentum.” Assistant Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jessica Lelinski noted that a three-year-old would not be capable of sustaining such injuries in a fall from a household item and it would take hours not days for the wounds to be fatal.
The autopsy report concluded that there were multiple blunt force injuries to the child’s head, chest, back, and upper and lower extremities. It also found that there was hemorrhaging between the skull and scalp. When Hildebrandt was interviewed, she at first denied her involvement and attempted to accuse others of being responsible for the child’s injuries.
After being taken into custody for the child’s death, Hildebrandt admitted to accidentally stepping on her son. Hildebrandt said she laid the child on the bathroom floor and forgot he was there when getting more diapers. She said when she realized what happened, her foot went down further as she backed off. Hildebrandt also admitted to using make-up to cover the child’s injuries. When asked why she didn’t call 911 after the incident, the 33-year-old said that she believed the child was okay.
Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg recommended imposing the maximum sentence. He said at sentencing, the child died alone, in sorrow and pain, after being hidden away by his mother while she went about her day. Klomberg said that any stranger would have acted to help this child, yet the woman who gave birth to him could not be bothered. He added that Hildebrandt’s actions are truly despicable.