Mother of Baby Left in Car Makes Initial Court Appearance

 The mother of an infant who suffered frostbite after being left alone in a car after a Feb. 5 crash near North Judson made her initial appearance in Starke Circuit Court yesterday. Shayna Madison, 24, is charged with neglect of a dependent as a level 5 felony. Police responded to a wreck in the area of 250 West and 500 South. No driver was in the vehicle, but a small child was found in a car seat in the back. The child was treated at IU Health Starke Hospital and turned over to the Department of Child Services.

As part of the ongoing DCS investigation Madison is allowed to have supervised visitation with the child. Other than that, Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall ordered her not to have contact with the youngster. Madison also faces a possible probation violation as a result of the February incident and could be ordered to serve 18 months in prison if she is found guilty. Public defender Richard Ballard will represent her in all three cases.