Woman enters insanity plea
A mother accused of child abandonment faces new charges.
Bobbi Jo Schleicher, 27, New London, was charged May 15 with felony bail jumping, battery and disorderly conduct.
On Feb. 8, Schleicher was charged with felony child abandonment and misdemeanor child neglect.
She then lost custody of her daughter.
On May 14, Schleicher’s brother confronted her after Schleicher removed her daughter from the home of the 51-year-old woman who had custody of the child.
Schleicher, her brother and the small child were in the parking lot of Schleicher’s apartment complex when they began arguing.
According to the criminal complaint, Schleicher hit her brother with her purse, then clawed at him.
When he pushed her away, Schleicher fell and then stood back up and allegedly began scratching him again and knocked his cellphone out of his hand.
A witness told police the girl ran and climbed into the brother’s truck during the altercation.
While New London Police Officer Ryan Denu was questioning the brother, Schleicher was outside her apartment, “yelling, screaming, cursing and gesturing profanities,” the complaint says. “Numerous tenants from the community of the apartment buildings gathered outside observing the disturbance.”
That same day, Schleicher was in court for the February charges. She entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease.
Judge Raymond Huber ordered a psychological examination and that a report be submitted by June 14.
Schleicher is currently represented by attorney Tom Johnson. He is replacing a public defender, Melissa Dalkert, who withdrew as Schleicher’s counsel due to a “breakdown in communication.”
For the most recent charges, Schleicher is scheduled for an adjourned initial appearance on June 12.
She is scheduled for a June 19 review hearing on the exam.