Appearing July 1 in Sawyer County Circuit Court, Natasha LaVonne Sanchez, 27, of 11831W Hwy. CC, Couderay, was placed on three years of probation after pleading no contest to two felony counts of neglecting a child where the result is bodily harm. The incidents occurred at her residence between August 2017 and January 2018.

According to the child neglect charges, Sanchez and her live-in companion, Neal Aaron Quagon, 41, were arrested after LCO police and an Indian Child Welfare (ICW) worker were asked by the homeowner to enter the couple’s residence to check on the welfare of the children.

ICW staff had received a report of a child neglect situation at the residence, filed by both ICW and Sawyer County Child Protection Services. The report stated there were several malnourished children with health concerns in the care of Sanchez and Quagon, the children’s parents.

Upon arrival at the residence on Jan. 31, 2018, the ICW worker took the children into custody and transported them to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital for a medical review. 

The police officer observed that “the residence was not in a livable condition.”

On Feb. 19, an LCO police officer received medical releases from a physician, which indicated that “Victim 1 was malnourished, exhibited signs of speech problems, had significant dental decay throughout her mouth, had signs of dehydration, and was well below third percentile for height and weight.”

The physician indicated that “Victim 2 had been born at home with no prenatal care, was taken to the hospital after being born at home, and received an initial Hepatitis B vaccination, but no other vaccinations are known to the doctor.” The notes further indicated that “Victim 2 is extremely small in size for his age, has a fast heartbeat and fast breathing, nasal congestion and low hemoglobin. At the time of the exam, the child had severe diaper rash with bleeding.” 

The physician noted that “Victim 2 was below the third percentile for height and weight and made other findings consistent with poor nutrition.”

On Feb. 26, Sanchez told an LCO police officer that the second child was born at least two months premature. She indicated that she had been with Neal Quagon at least 10 years.

Sanchez’ probation can be transferred to the state of Minnesota. She must maintain absolute sobriety, undergo an AODA assessment and any follow-through, take any counseling recommended by the Department of Corrections and pay $1,036 costs.

Dismissed but read in were charges against Sanchez of felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia on May 9, 2018, in Hayward, felony and misdemeanor bail jumping, and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer

On Dec. 7, 2018, Neal Quagon was placed on two years of probation for misdemeanor neglecting to care for a child between August 2017 and January 2018, at his residence. He was assessed $443 costs and was ordered to take any counseling imposed by the Department of Corrections. 


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