UPDATE: No Jail Time for Woman Convicted in Connection to Child Morphine Injection Case

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: 5/23 at 12:48 p.m.

A 19-year-old Langlade County woman has reached a plea deal on charges that she played a role in injecting a then 12-year-old girl with Morphine.

Thursday in Langlade County Court, Erikka Vancos was convicted of child abuse intentionally causing harm, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. As result as charge of false imprisonment was dismissed.

Vancos will spend the next two years on probation. If she stays out of the trouble she also has the option to have case expunged from her record.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 5/23 at 9:04 a.m.

A 19-year-old Langlade County woman is scheduled to reach a plea deal for charges that she played a role in injecting a then 12-year-old girl with Morphine.

Erikka Vancos, of Mattoon, is charged with false imprisonment, child abuse intentionally causing harm, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The victim, now 13-years-old, said in last September, Nicole Bessert, 20 and Vancos were shooting up at at a home in Antigo. The victim said Bessert asked if she wanted to try it. The victim said no, but Bessert told Vancos to hold the victim's arm, while she ground up Morphine pills and put the powder in water.

According to the criminal complaint based on statements from the victim, Bessert then filled a syringe with the water/Morphine liquid and wrapped a thick, a strap around the victim's arm, and Vancos held the arm while Bessert stuck the syringe into it.

The victim's arm broke out in hives, her fingers began to swell, and she became tired, dizzy and unable to walk, according to the criminal complaint.

Bessert said if she told anyone, she would get beat up.

Bessert also reached a plea deal with prosecutors. She's scheduled to be sentenced on May 29.


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