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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Menominee Woman Sentenced to Prison for Assault on Child

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that that on June 13, 2016, Loni M. Tepiew (age: 28) of the Menominee Indian Reservation was sentenced this morning to federal prison by Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach.  Tepiew previously entered a guilty plea for an assault on her minor child which resulted in serious bodily injury contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 113(a)(6) and 1153.  

According to the plea agreement and other documents filed with the court, Tepiew fractured her 19-month-old child’s skull with a shoe and inflicted multiple bruises and other injuries to the child’s body.  Further, she failed to seek medical attention for the child for a period of approximately six days.  Based on a report, the Menominee Tribal Police ultimately entered the residence and rescued the child.             

In pronouncing the sentence, Chief Judge Griesbach classified the crime as a “brutal beating” that “cried out for justice.”  The defendant requested that she be placed on probation in lieu of incarceration. Ultimately, the judge determined that this “very, very, serious offense” was worthy of 48 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release.     

The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

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Updated June 14, 2016