CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Chippewa Falls woman who used a paddle while spanking a child in her care, leaving extensive bruising, has been convicted in Chippewa County Court.
Lisa M. Schuetz, 45, 5395 176th St., pleaded no contest Tuesday to child abuse-intentionally causing harm and disorderly conduct.
Judge Steve Gibbs gave Schuetz a deferred prosecution for one year on the child abuse conviction and ordered her to pay a $443 fine for the disorderly conduct conviction.
According to the criminal complaint:
Police located an 11-year-old boy on July 7 who had been reported as a runaway. The boy told police he was fearful of going home because he had been spanked in recent days by Schuetz, who had started using a wood paddle on him, which she called “a naughty stick.” In the past, she had used her hand.
The deputy took photos of the boy’s injuries of “extensive bruising that covered the majority of his buttocks.”
The boy also said that Schuetz would pull his hair.
When police interviewed Schuetz, she admitted to spanking the boy with her hand and with the paddle, but she denied causing bruising.
A pediatrician examined the injuries and determined the bruises were from multiple occasions on different dates, and the wounds were consistent with the boy’s story.