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Two women face child neglect charges in La Crosse County

Two women face child neglect charges in La Crosse County

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Two Coon Valley women have been charged with felony child neglect after one of the women had a panic attack while the other overdosed on heroin, according to the criminal complaint.

Jill and Ashley Fillner appeared Wednesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court. The charges carry 3½ years of potential prison time and a maximum fine of $10,000.

According to the complaint:

On Oct. 11, officers were called to a residence on the 1300 block of Winneshiek Road. A neighbor said he had heard a woman and a baby screaming.

The neighbor told police that he knocked on the door, which opened to reveal Jill Fillner unconscious on the floor, with a needle in her hand and a baby sitting next to her.

Outside, he found Ashley Fillner throwing herself against a parked vehicle.

Jill, who was revived with Narcan, later admitted to using heroin. Ashley said she had a panic attack.

While neighbors waited for police to arrive, they took the baby to the safety of a nearby house.

Jill and Ashley, whose relationship was not disclosed in the complaint, had been watching the baby while the young boy’s mother was at work.

During a search of the house, police found three needles in plain view and a small plastic bag containing trace amounts of a white powder. They reported no harm to the baby, who is a little over 1 year old.

Jill and Ashley, 54 and 33 years old respectively, have been ordered not to have contact with the baby or his mother.


Kyle Farris can be reached at (608) 791-8234 or kfarris@lacrossetribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Kyle_A_Farris.

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