Reeseville Woman Gets Deferred Prosecution On Child Neglect Charge

(Reeseville) A Reeseville woman accused of raising an infant in a drug house entered into a plea deal Thursday. Twenty-two-year-old Sara Schimmel entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Neglecting a Child and two misdemeanor charges of Resisting and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The court did not find Schimmel guilty on the felony charge and placed her into a deferred prosecution agreement, meaning she will avoid a felony record if she stays out of trouble while on probation for 18 months. The child’s father, 27-year-old Matthew Hansen, is also facing similar charges for his alleged role. Last May, two intruders broke into Hansen and Schimmel’s apartment while they were home with the baby. Hansen was shot in near proximity to the child. When questioned, the couple allegedly admitted to Hansen’s routine drug dealings from the apartment. Child Protective Services investigated the matter and determined that the baby was not harmed or in need of being removed from the home. However, authorities still filed charges citing that both Hansen and Schimmel failed to protect the child from the disturbances of drug abuse. Schimmel admitted to doctor’s that she used cocaine while she was pregnant.