Adoptive mother charged with reckless homicide in Weston child’s death
WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - A Weston couple has been formally charged for their separate roles in their adoptive daughter’s death. The 5-year-old girl died Aug. 25 from an unexplained brain injury after spending 10 days in a medically induced coma.
Sumitra Stolp faces the most significant charges. She’s charged with first-degree reckless homicide, neglecting a child, chronic neglect of a child, and two counts of obstructing an officer. Her husband Johnathan Stolp is charged with neglecting a child, chronically neglecting a child and obstructing an officer.
An investigation into the child’s death, and Johnathon Stolp, 40, and Sumitra Stolp, 36, began Aug. 15 after the child was brought to an area hospital. Prosecutors said initially Sumitra Stolp said the child fell off the monkey bars. But later said the child threw herself off a slide. Then, Sumitra Stolp said the child was in a chair and rocked backward, falling over.
A medical expert said the child had trauma to both sides of the head and the injury appeared to be non-accidental.
During a follow-up interview with police, detailed in court documents, Sumitra Stolp said she was rocking the child in a rocking recliner and got up while holding the girl. Sumitra Stolp said she tripped and fell on the girl. Sumitra Stolp said when she picked up the girl, she started to convulse.
Johnathan Stolp called 911. The girl was brought to an area hospital and later transferred to a Marshfield hospital. An examining doctor said the child had a skull fracture, brain bleed and elevated levels of alcohol and Tylenol.
Court documents state Sumitra Stolp said she gave the girl 30 ml of Nyquil before her bath and right after the child woke up at 12:30 a.m. Sumitra said she did not remember when Jon Stolp gave the girl Nyquil. She also said she gave the girl a pectin lollipop before the girl went to bed. They said they had been giving the girl medication since May to help her sleep.
Court documents state the reported dose of medication the child received the night she was taken to the hospital was more than six times the recommended dose for a child her weight.
Court document state the evening prior to transport to the hospital, the girl had been given 60 ml of extra strength Nyquil containing 650 mg of acetaminophen per 30 ml and 10 % alcohol and 5 mg of Tylenol PM, which contained 500 mg of acetaminophen per 15 ml.
The girl had been in their care since January and was adopted by them in July.
Johnathon Stolp is will be released from custody on a $75,000 signature bond if he is able to post the first $7,500 in cash. Sumitra Stolp remains in custody on $75,000 cash bond. They’ve been ordered to have no contact with each other.
Both will return to court in December.
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