Whitewater mom allegedly didn't protect child from assault
Maggots found in refrigerator of home
October 14, 2011 | 01:09 PMELKHORN — A Whitewater mother who allegedly failed to protect her 2-year-old daughter from being sexually assaulted by her roommate faces criminal charges in Walworth County Circuit Court.
Tara L. Laumann, 34, 228 E. Main St., faces a felony charge of failure to protect a child, which carries a maximum penalty of 12-1/2 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines.
She also faces four misdemeanor counts of child neglect, one for each of the children who lived in her home, which, according to the criminal complaint, had maggots inside the refrigerator. The misdemeanor counts carry a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines.
On Sept. 8, the Walworth County District Attorney's Office filed a felony charge of first-degree sexual assault of a child against Scott L. Anderson, 34, now of Dousman. That charge carries a maximum penalty of 60 years imprisonment.
Anderson also faces a felony charge of marijuana possession, second and subsequent offense and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted of both those counts, he faces three years and seven months imprisonment and $10,500 in fines.
On Sept. 2, at about 2 a.m., Laumann called police after she woke up and found Anderson touching her daughter. At the time Anderson was staying at the residence sleeping on the floor with two of the children.
When police questioned Anderson, he said he was sleeping on the floor next to Laumann's two daughters. Anderson said he couldn't sleep so he put his hand inside the girl's diaper, according to the criminal complaint filed against Anderson.
According to the complaint filed against Laumann, that wasn't the first time she suspected Anderson of sexually assaulting her daughter.
According to the criminal complaint against Laumann:
The day before the Sept. 2 incident, Laumann told police Anderson was babysitting two of her children.
When she returned home, Anderson was in a locked bedroom with two of the children and took about three minutes to answer the door after Laumann began knocking on it.
When the door was open, Laumann observed her daughter lying on the edge of the bed with her legs spread open. During another incident, Laumann told police that her daughter was sleeping in Anderson's arms while he was sitting in a recliner.
Laumann said it appeared that Anderson was masturbating underneath a blanket as he held the girl, but she didn't want to believe Anderson was really doing that.
When police were inside Laumann's residence they observed that there was no electricity, flies were all over the home, the temperature inside of the house was above 90 degrees and the residence had the odor of urine, feces and "animal smells."
An officer reported the home was cluttered with furniture and other items, and that the only clear area was in the front dining room.
On the floor of the bedroom, police observed a prescription bottle containing Hydrocodone. The pill bottle had a cover on it, but the cap was reverse removing its childproof capabilities.
Inside a bedroom, police report the floor was cluttered with boxes, bags, clothing and other items, which were stacked about four feet off of the ground.
In the bathroom, police report that the bathtub and toilet were dirty and garbage was packed between the toilet and wall.