Criminal case will proceed in drowningWestern Wisconsin News
-- A criminal case against the Danbury couple whose 3-year-old daughter drowned within sight of her home in August will proceed.
SIREN, Wis. — A criminal case against the Danbury couple whose 3-year-old daughter drowned within sight of her home in August will proceed.
Burnett Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Kutz said that the facts of the case — when taken in total — are strong enough to bind over Jenna Elizabeth Danish, 33, and Thomas Jay Williams, 42, for trial. Kutz made his ruling at the end of a three-hour preliminary hearing in which seven witnesses testified for the state.
Immediately after Kutz’s ruling, Danish pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of child neglect resulting in death. Williams did not enter a plea on the same charge. The judge entered a not-guilty plea for him.
Reena Williams was reported missing on the evening of Aug. 14. She was the subject of a massive search that night and Aug. 15 before her body was found late on the afternoon of the 15th in a power dam canal 25 yards from the family’s home.
Danish and Williams where charged with neglecting a child on Sept. 21. Authorities said the couple had a habit of allowing Reena to wander away, that Williams was smoking synthetic marijuana minutes before Reena disappeared, and that Danish was sleeping at the time.