11/13 Jackson Woman Pleads No Contest to Child Neglect Charges

A 22-year-old woman from Jackson, who is charged with child neglect resulting in bodily harm after her 3-year-old child was found with several injuries was back in court yesterday. Melissa Feldner pleaded no contest and had the charge amended to misdemeanor neglecting a child. If Feldner complies with the court’s orders, the charge will be dismissed. According to the initial report from the Jackson Police Department after an examination by a local physician was conducted at the request of the boy’s father, the physician called Jackson Police and reported having observed injuries all over the child’s body.  The injuries were to his scrotum and mouth. He also had a lacerated spleen most likely caused by blunt force trauma. Feldner initially told Police that the injuries occurred over several days when the child fell out of bed, walked into a wall and tripped on a kitchen rug, police said. In a second interview, she said he may have been injured when she kept him from kicking during a diaper change. Feldner, appeared before Washington County Circuit Court Judge James Pouros with her attorney John Schiro on Tuesday. Washington County Assistant D.A. Sandra Giernoth said the felony child neglect resulting in bodily harm charge was amended to misdemeanor neglecting a child. Feldner pleaded no contest to the amended charge and entered a deferred prosecution agreement. Giernoth said Feldner can’t physically discipline the child and she must comply with an ongoing Child in Need of Protection or Services case to comply with the deferred prosecution agreement.
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