3-year-old from Janesville abused; mother, boyfriend charged
Stephanie Witt; courtesy Janesville Gazette
Norbert Cantu; Courtesy Janesville Gazette
JANESVILLE (WKOW) - A little girl from Janesville remains at UW hospital under close observation after undergoing emergency brain surgery following what police say was an afternoon of extreme child abuse at the hands of her mother and mother's boyfriend.
Doctors tell investigators the girl might never achieve full brain function. They had to remove a portion of her skull to relieve pressure from bleeding on the brain.
According to the criminal complaint, on December 31st, Stephanie Witt pushed the girl in the back causing the child to fall and hit her head on a bedpost.
Witt and boyfriend Norbert Cantu took the girl to the mall for lunch, but the child wouldn't stop crying, so they never went inside. The three then went to Woodman's with the girl still crying, so Witt hit her twice across the face. After threats, Norbert Cantu allegedly hit the girl across her face again. When they tried to get the child out of the car, Cantu told police, the girl couldn't stand.
Emergency workers rushed to Woodman's and found the girl with bruises near her right ear and above her right temple. The girl also had bruises on her neck and torso. She was unconscious.
The girl was taken to Mercy Hospital in Janesville and flown to UW Children's Hospital in Madison.
Witt is charged with reckless child abuse and intentional child abuse. Cantu is charged with intentional child abuse.
Both were released on signature bonds and will appear in court March 6th.
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