BURNETT COUNTY -- A man and woman have entered guilty pleas in Burnett County Circuit Court regarding their charges of exposing children to controlled substances.

DrydenWire.com reported on May 17, 2018, that three charges of Misdemeanor Child Neglect had been filed against David Maine, Danbury, WI after law enforcement investigated a report of children being exposed to methamphetamine and marijuana.

Online circuit court records show that three charges of Misdemeanor Child Neglect were also filed on May 23, 2018 against Shara Stewart, identified as another caregiver for the children in the residence.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Maine, the Department of Human Services had received a report in March 2018 alleging neglect and abuse to the children in the residence of Maine and Stewart. This resulted in an investigation during which both Maine and Stewart made statements admitting to use of methamphetamine while the children were in the home.

David Maine


According to online circuit court records at a hearing on December 19, 2018, Maine appeared in Burnett County Circuit Court and entered a plea of Guilty to one count of Misdemeanor Child Neglect. The Court accepted a Deferred Sentence Agreement regarding the remaining two counts of Misdemeanor Child Neglect.

Shara Stewart


Stewart appeared in November 2018 for a hearing on her case, and also plead Guilty to one count of Misdemeanor Child Neglect. The Court also accepted a Deferred Sentence Agreement on her remaining two counts of Misdemeanor Child Neglect.

Details of the requirements of those Deferred Sentence Agreements are not known to DrydenWire.com at this time.


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Charges of Child Neglect Through Exposure to Meth, Pot Filed Against Danbury Man

DrydenWire.com l Thursday, May 17, 2018

BURNETT COUNTY -- Criminal charges have been filed against a Danbury, WI man following an investigation in which hair follicle testing revealed that the children in the residence had been exposed to methamphetamine and marijuana.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Burnett County Circuit Court, David Maine, of Danbury, WI is facing three misdemeanor charges of Child Neglect.

The criminal complaint states that in April 2018, the Burnett County Sheriff’s Department received information from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that hair follicle testing had been conducted on three children who resided in the same home as David Maine.

The results of that testing showed that two out of the three children tested positive for exposure to controlled substances. One of the children tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana. A second child tested positive for only methamphetamine.

The criminal complaint goes on to state that DHHS had received a report in March 2018 alleging possible sexual abuse and neglect due to exposure to domestic violence. DHHS determined that those particular concerns were not present, however it was revealed that methamphetamine was being used in the home.

David Maine and Shara Stewart (Maine) identified themselves as the caregivers of the children in the home and made statements admitting that some use of methamphetamine occurred while the children were in the home.

At the time of this post, DrydenWire.com did not find any criminal charges pertaining to this incident filed against Shara Stewart (Maine) in online circuit court records.

The maximum penalty for a conviction of Misdemeanor Child Neglect is nine months confinement in jail, a maximum fine of $10,000, or both.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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