Judge sets bond at $1,000 in Dodge Co. child neglect case

DODGE COUNTY (WITI) -- A Dodge County woman charged with child neglect after officials ruled a home there is "unfit for humans" made her initial appearance in court on Monday, March 10th.

Secoy Koch-Miller faces one felony charge of child neglect (consequence is bodily harm) and one misdemeanor count of child neglect.

In court on Monday, a judge set bond at $1,000 with a condition of no unsupervised contact with her two children.

FOX6 News first brought you this story last week.

The Dodge County home, located in the Town of Burnette was condemned by officials after law enforcement discovered a newborn, toddler and their mother and grandmother in filthy conditions.

Betty Koch-Miller must move from the home that is being condemned. Meanwhile, her daughter, Secoy Koch-Miller has been charged with child neglect.

A criminal complaint says Secoy’s two children — a newborn and a two-year-old were living among mice, and animal and human waste.

Investigators say there was no running water in the home, dead maggots in the refrigerator, and black mold found in the home.

The complaint says the toddler was black in color due to the filth, and had spiders in his hair.

The two-year-old weighed just 20 pounds.

Officials say the baby’s father, Brock Fristl, who is in jail, told officials about what was inside the home.

Law enforcement officials got a search warrant — and that’s when they discovered the condition of the home and the home’s occupants.

Betty Koch-Miller denies the children were neglected. She says they’re all moving out of a house that was a bad situation.

FOX6 News stopped by the address Secoy Koch-Miller now lists as home. No one answered the door.

Her Facebook page showed postings that deny many of the allegations against her.

The children are in foster care, where they are reportedly doing well.

Secoy Koch-Miller will be back in court in May for her preliminary hearing.

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