Elkhorn woman pleads not guilty in failure to prevent sexual assault of child

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Gazette Staff | July 25, 2017

ELKHORN—An Elkhorn woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she failed to protect a child who was sexually assaulted by another child under her supervision.

Hannah L. Jernigan, 32, pleaded not guilty July 17 to felony failure to protect a child, misdemeanor child neglect and a related charge after a Feb. 17 incident.

Walworth County prosecutors say one young child said another child put his “privates” in her and touched her inappropriately three times, according to a criminal complaint.

A young boy was dropped off at Jernigan's house, where he sexually assaulted a young girl, according to the complaint. One woman told police Jernigan told the young girl not to tell people she was sleeping at the time.

Jernigan told police she was unaware the boy had been dropped off at her house, according to the complaint.

Jernigan is next due in court for a status conference at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 13.

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