Delavan pair facing child abuse charges
ELKHORN A 26-year-old Delavan man is accused of placing a young boy into icy water and making him do pushups as punishment for wetting his pants.
The man's 28-year-old girlfriend from Delavan is accused of failing to prevent the child from being harmed.
The boy told Delavan police in early May he believed the man was going to kill him, according to court records.
Andrew J. Willey, 117 Elm St., is charged with physical abuse of a child, a felony with a maximum of six years in prison. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The woman, Kathrine L. Moser, 512 Phoenix St., is charged with failing to prevent child abuse, a felony with a maximum six-year prison term. She is free on a $1,000 signature bond. Her court date is next Wednesday.
Moser also is charged with obstructing an officer. The misdemeanor stems from an accusation that she lied to police when asked how the boy received his injuries, according to a criminal complaint. She insisted that he was injured in a fall from a park slide.
The boy's father contacted the Walworth County Department of Health and Social Services in April about his son's injuries. The county contacted police, the complaint said.
The father said his son was injured when Willey backhanded the boy after he wet his pants, the complaint said.
The complaint continues:
A physician from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin told a county social worker that the boy's injuries to his neck were inconsistent with an accident.
At the May interview, police reported the boy was afraid to talk. At first, the boy claimed he was injured on the slide, but later admitted it was a lie.
Moser insisted the boy was injured by falling from a park slide.