Woman who injected runaways with meth sentenced to prison

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A woman accused of getting runaways high on meth and forcing a "low-functioning adult" to perform sex acts for money has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Shawna Baxter, 28, appeared before an Outagamie County judge on Thursday. She was sentenced to five years for a count of Receive Compensation for Human Trafficking. She received a two year sentence for 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.

A judge ordered Baxter to serve those sentences consecutively--or back to back.

In Nov. 2017, an Outagamie County investigator was called to Baxter's home in Nichols for a report that she was harboring runaways.

One of the runaways told investigators Baxter injected three victims with meth several times per day in the month of October.

According to the complaint, Baxter brought one 16-year-old boy "into the bathroom, locked the doors, and injected him with methamphetamine." The victim said Baxter would "drive them to retail stores in order for them to steal phones" to be traded or sold for more meth.

Baxter admitted providing meth to three victims, explaining she injected the teens to get them high faster.

Another criminal complaint states Baxter prostituted one of her former roommates, a low-functioning adult. "Baxter facilitated incidents where the victim would perform sexual acts on other males for money" and he "would often cry about it."

A witness stated the victim would give all the money to Baxter.

The complaint states "numerous" Facebook messages corroborated the allegation that Baxter forced the man into prostitution.

Facebook messages also showed Baxter was trying to prostitute one of the 16-year-old runaways living with her, according to the complaint.

In addition to the prison sentence, a judge ordered Baxter to serve 14 years on extended supervision following her release.