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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.

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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.


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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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