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UPDATE: Charges Against Mother Accused in Daughter's Death Dismissed

UPDATED Tuesday, December 18, 2012 --- 11:24 a.m.

Charges against a Dane Co. woman accused in the death of one of children have been dismissed.

This morning in court, prosecutors said the charges were dropped against 35-year-old Connie Hartmann.

Hartmann's two and four-year-old children were both hospitalized in May. The girl and brother got into a can of gasoline, killing the girl and injuring the boy.

Hartmann had been charged with child neglect.

According to a Madison.com report, the judge dismissed the criminal complaint in the case without prejudice, meaning that prosecutors can re-file charges later.

The Madison.com report can be found here.

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UPDATED Thursday, November 29, 2012--5:40p.m.

MADISON--Deputies booked 35-year-old Connie M. Hartmann into Jail around 3:30 this morning.
Today, we learned she faces child neglect charges in the death of her two-year-old daughter back in May.
The girl and brother got into a can of gasoline, killing the girl and injuring the boy.

Hartmann faces two felony charges: Child Neglect Causing Death and Child Neglect Resulting in Bodily Harm.

On May 6th, Hartmann's two-year-old daughter and four-year-old son were found lying in the back of a nearby car. They'd climbed into the vehicle, locked the doors--and gotten into a can of gasoline.
The car's owner found the kids when he climbed into the car, intending to drive around and look for them.

Both kids were taken to hospitals.
The two-year-old later died from gasoline intoxication.

The four-year-old later admitted to having drank gas.
Lab tests found that the four-year-old also had cocaine in his system.
He spent several days in the hospital and is currently in foster care.

Search warrants also have Hartmann's sister saying she and Hartmann had smoked crack cocaine in front of the children in the past.

Again, Hartmann is facing felony charges of Child Neglect.
On the charge of Child Neglect Causing Death, if convicted, she could spend up to 25 years in prison and/or have to pay a $100,000 fine.
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UPDATED Thursday, November 29, 2012 --- 3:54 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A town of Medina woman is charged with felony child neglect in the death of her 2-year-old daughter who allegedly drank gasoline.

Thirty-five-year-old Connie Hartmann also is charged with felony child neglect resulting in great bodily harm to the girl's 4-year-old brother.

The Dane County sheriff's office says Hartmann was taken to jail Thursday after she was arrested for a domestic incident at her home.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports sheriff's deputies went to Hartmann's home last May after her 2-year-old daughter was found unconscious in a car and her 4-year-old son was ill. The girl later died at a hospital.

The boy told a doctor he and his sister locked themselves in the car and drank gasoline.

Online court records do not indicate a defense attorney for Hartmann.

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UPDATED Thursday, November 29, 2012 --- 11:23 a.m.

Press release from the Dane Co. Sheriff's Office:

Madison, WI. November 29, 2012 – Dane County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested Connie M. Hartmann, age 35 of Marshall, on felony charges of Child Neglect Causing Death, and Child Neglect Resulting in Bodily Harm.

The very lengthy and extensive investigation began on Sunday, May 6th, when Sheriff’s deputies, Marshall Fire and EMS, and Madison Fire Rescue, responded to 1128 Berlin Road in the town of Medina. A 2-year-old female and a 4-year-old male were transported to local hospitals after they were discovered inside a vehicle, both smelling strongly of gasoline. The female child was found unconscious, while the male was conscious, but extremely ill. Lifesaving efforts were performed both at the scene by paramedics and at St. Mary’s Emergency Room in Sun Prairie, but the 2-year-old female was pronounced dead at the hospital. The 4-year-old boy was admitted to UW Hospital, where he stayed for several days. Upon his release, he was placed in foster care, where he remains today.

Based on autopsy results provided by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office, and statements made by both Hartmann and others living in the Berlin Road residence, Sheriff’s detectives and the Dane County District Attorney believe they can show the children were victims of child neglect.

As detectives were making plans to go to the Berlin Road residence to arrest Hartmann this morning, they learned that she had been brought to jail at approximately 3:30 am today. Shortly after midnight, Sheriff’s deputies had again responded to Hartmann’s residence for a domestic incident, which resulted in her receiving tentative charges for Battery and Disorderly Conduct.

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UPDATED Thursday, May 10, 2012 --- 5:30 p.m.
By: Barclay Pollak

The latest disturbing details from this case come from three search warrants filed by the Dane County Sheriff's Department. We also found out that the mother of the two children has a long history of drug abuse.

Bob Dunn was there on Sunday and says he tried to revive the two year old girl, referred to as KGH in the three search warrants. According to the documents the girls mother, 34-year-old Connie Hartmann, told deputies when they arrived that she was "turning blue." KGH and her four-year-old brother, also known as KGH, were taken to separate hospitals. Shortly after that the girl died.

Dunn says, " Honestly I felt horrible that she passed away. I attempted to save her. "

According to official documents Hartmann fell asleep for at least two hours. That's when her two children left the apartment, went outside, climbed into a car and began to drink gasoline. A few witnesses told officials that the boy had attempted or successfully drank gas in the past. The documents reveled another bomb shell, the four year old boy had cocaine in his system.

Elise Schaffer with the Dane County Sheriff's Department says, " Once they arrived at the hospital and started doing blood tests and doing other tests on the child they discovered this metabolite associated with cocaine. "

In that same document Hartmann's sister tells officials that she, her sister and several others have smoked crack cocaine in front of the kids as recently as January. Officials aren't sure how much cocaine was in the boy's system. They're still waiting for other test results.

The boy has been moved to a foster home. Hartmann has not been charged with anything. But that may change.
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UPDATED Thursday, May 10, 2012 --- 9:45 a.m.
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 --- 9:50p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Investigators are trying to determine whether illegal drugs played a role in the death of a 2-year-old Dane County girl who drank gasoline.

Court documents say the girl's 4-year-old brother was found to have cocaine in his system

According to three search warrants filed Wednesday, a doctor at UW Hospital told investigators that a presumptive blood test on the boy Sunday found a positive result for the presence of cocaine.

The warrants say the boy told a doctor at UW Hospital that he and his sister had gone out to a car, locked themselves in and drank gasoline.

The girl died early Sunday night. The sheriff's office tells the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/JgD84K) the boy has been put into foster care. Autopsy results on the girl are pending.

Here is a media release issued Thursday morning by the Dane County Sheriff's Office:

May 10, 2012 – Dane County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing to investigate the incident on Berlin Road in town of Medina that resulted in a 2-year-old girl dying and her 4-year-old brother being hospitalized. The boy has since been released from the hospital and is currently placed in foster care. The children’s mother is Connie M. Hartmann, age 34.

Detectives conducted a search warrant at the address of the incident on Tuesday, May 8th, after initial blood tests on the 4-year-old boy showed presumptive positive results for a metabolite of cocaine. The blood test has now been sent to an outside lab for more conclusive results, which may take 4 to 6 weeks.
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UPDATED: Monday, May 7, 2012 --- 4:55 p.m.
REPORTER: Chris Woodard

A young girl is dead after two children get their hands on a can of gasoline and drink it.

Neighbor Kristi Duhr says, "I took it as a total shock."

A 2-year-old girl is dead and her 4-year-old brother hospitalized after drinking gasoline.

According to the Dane County Sheriff's Department the mother of the two children began frantically searching when she couldn't find the kids around 6 o'clock last night.

Investigators think they managed to climb into an unlocked car, get their hands on a can of gasoline inside and drink it.

A witness tells us a friend eventually found the kids when he got into the car because he was going to drive around and search.

Bob Dunn says, "He found out by hearing a moaning sound in the back of the car. That's how he found out the child was in the car."

Dunn is a neighbor who says he tried to perform CPR on the girl.

He says, "A sweetheart, she was a wonderful child and I would have been proud to have a daughter just like her. She was always very polite, good to people and I just wish this would have never happened. I'll miss her deeply."

Neighbors describe the kids as best friends and say they were always together

Duhr says, "It's horrible. I mean, I'm a mother of two and grandmother of a little girl and you wouldn't wish something like this on anyone."

The story has a lot of parents rethinking where they keep their own gasoline.

Cheryl Wittke with Safe Communities says, "What a tragedy, your heart goes out to the family and friends."

Wittke says it's best to keep gasoline in a container that's clearly marked, possibly locked and always out of the reach of children.

The Sheriff's Department is still investigating, talking to family and neighbors in an effort to figure out how this could have happened.

The girl was pronounced dead at the hospital Sunday night and the boy was taken by Med Flight to University Hospital in Madison.

Tonight there is no word on his condition.

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UPDATED Monday, May 7, 2012 --- 11:40 a.m.

TOWN OF MEDINA, Wis. (AP) -- Dane County sheriff's officials say one of the two children hospitalized after drinking gasoline has died.

Deputies were called to a residence in the Town of Medina Sunday night where a 2-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother had ingested gasoline. The girl was rushed to St. Mary's Hospital in Sun Prairie where she was pronounced dead. The boy was taken by Med Flight to University Hospital in Madison.

Authorities say the siblings had climbed into a neighbor's car, which had a gas can in the back. The children and their mother live in Portage and were visiting a friend at the time.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, May 7, 2012 --- 10:50 a.m.

From the Dane County Sheriff's Department:

Madison, WI. May 7, 2012 – The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident where one child has died and another is hospitalized.

Sheriff’s deputies, along with Madison Fire and EMS, responded to 1128 Berlin Road in the town of Medina on Sunday, May 6th at approximately 6:36 pm. A 2-year-old female was transported to St. Mary’s in Sun Prairie where she was declared dead, while her 4-year-old brother was transported by Med Flight to UW Hospital. The 34-year-old mother and her two children reside in Portage, WI, but were staying with a friend in Dane County at the time of the incident.

Detectives have been working throughout the night, and will continue gathering information today from family members and neighbors as to how the incident occurred. Further details will be provided as they become available.

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UPDATED Monday, May 7, 2012 --- 7:00 a.m.

TOWN OF MEDINA, Wis. (AP) -- Dane County sheriff's officials say two young children are hospitalized after swallowing gasoline.

Deputies were called to the Town of Medina Sunday night where the 3-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy had ingested gasoline. Authorities say the siblings climbed into a neighbor's car, which had a gas can in the back.

According to Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Elve, when family members noticed the children were missing, they began frantically searching and called 911.

One child was rushed to the hospital by air and the other by ambulance. Authorities did not release the conditions of the children.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Sunday, May 6, 2012 --- 9:36 p.m.

Dane County Sheriff's Officials tell us a 3 and 4 year old child were playing together and accidentally ingested gasoline they found in an unlocked car.

Both were taken to the hospital. So far there's no word on their condition.

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Posted Sunday, May 6, 2012 --- 8:03 p.m.

Dane County authorities responded to a Marshall area address after two children ingested gasoline.

The call came in just after 6:30 Sunday evening for an address on Berlin Road in the town of Medina, which is just west of Marshall.

Dane County Sheriff officials tell us two children were transported to the hospital, and Med Flight responded.


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