Brown County woman charged in two separate child abuse cases

Published: Nov. 3, 2017 at 11:33 AM CDT
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A Brown County woman has been charged with child sex assault and child abuse in two separate cases.

Action 2 News has obtained two criminal complaints filed against Bridgette N. Penn, 33.

A complaint filed on Nov. 2, 2017, charges Penn with 1st Degree Child Sex Assault.

The complaint states the sheriff's office was contacted on Sept. 20 with an allegation that Penn had sexual contact with a minor in 2013. The teen told investigators that Penn, who was a friend of his mother, touched him inappropriately when he was 10 or 11. It happened in Ledgeview.

The boy, now 15, stated that Penn also touched him inappropriately on a second occasion in the fall of that year.

The teen says he told his mother about the alleged abuse during this past summer, and that he's now in counseling for depression.

The boy's mother stated that Penn had watched her children while she was at work.

In a separate case, Penn is charged with Physical Abuse of a Child - Intentionally Cause Bodily Harm.

A criminal complaint filed on Oct. 27 states that Brown County Human Services reported that Penn's five-year-old child had come to school with "patterned hand bruising to the side of his face."

The boy told school staff that he had been slapped by his mother.

Both of Penn's children were interviewed at a local child advocacy center. The complaint states it was the third time the children had been taken there for interviews in the past few years.

The children said that their mother had slapped them and punched them with her fist.

Investigators took Penn into custody on Oct. 26. According to the complaint, she appeared to be intoxicated. Penn blew a .34 percent on a preliminary breath test. The legal limit to drive in Wisconsin is .08.

Penn admitted to "smacking" the boy, but denied punching him. She said she hit him because he had been "hitting and kicking her," according to the complaint.

Penn showed investigators bruising. But the complaint states, "as she talked of the bruising she was not consistent with how they happened in totally."

Penn denied hitting her other child or causing any abuse in the past. She did admit to having an alcohol problem for which she is trying to get help, according to the complaint.

Penn was released on a $5,000 signature bond in the physical abuse case. As a condition of bond, she can have no contact with the children without supervision, and she cannot consume alcohol.

There was no court activity listed online for the sexual abuse case.