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Parents enter not guilty pleas to child abuse

October 18, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

Both the mother and father alleged to have denied their children medical care after an incident at a campground this past summer have pled not guilty to all charges in Oneida County Circuit Court.

Daniel Willis, 28, and Anna Maleeva, 27, both formerly listed as homeless or at a campground, now of Woodruff and Arbor Vitae, respectively, are free on $5,000 signature bonds. The then-boyfriend and girlfriend each face felonies neglecting a child (specific harm did not occur) and neglecting a child (consequence is bodily harm). 

On Oct. 11, Judge Michael Bloom found enough probable cause to bind each case over for trial. 

Maleeva and Willis waived their rights to a preliminary hearing. Both are represented by public defender and attorney Breanna Magallones. 

Pre-trials are now set for late January 2020. The children were last noted to be in the care of the county’s social service system. 

According to court reports, police responded to a 911 call at Carrol Lake Campground July 31 where Maleeva was said to be out of it and the couple’s children, ages 10 months and two, were briefly submerged in the beach water and other campers had to rush to their aid. Willis told police Maleeva had taken over the counter cough medicine for pain. Two more of their other children also were present, ages six and three. After further medical care, the youngest child was found to have significant untreated burns, reportedly from falling into a campfire, court reports state. 


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