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Woman charged after ATV crash injures her, child
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DARLINGTON - A Mineral Point woman admitted drinking six beers before an ATV rollover accident that injured her and her 9-year-old daughter last month, according to a criminal complaint filed Feb. 23.

Amanda Lea Denman, 34, is charged in Lafayette County Circuit Court with a Class H felony count of child abuse by recklessly causing great harm. She also faces three Class H felony counts of bail jumping. Her initial appearance is Monday.

Four non-criminal ordinance violations are also filed against her, including causing injury with an ATV or UTV while intoxicated, causing injury with an ATV or UTV with a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent, operating an ATV or UTV in a careless way and operating an ATV or UTV without required headgear.

The case stems from an ATV accident Feb. 18 just north of Darlington in the Town of Willow Springs.

According to the criminal complaint:

Denman was driving the ATV on private property along Wisconsin 23 at about 3:30 p.m. when she tried to turn around at the end of a driveway and lost control of the vehicle.

The ATV rolled over onto the highway, ejecting Denman and her 9-year-old daughter. They were taken by private vehicle to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County in Darlington, then later transferred to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Neither Denman nor her daughter was wearing protective gear or a helmet. Denman was knocked out after the crash and received a gash on the back of her head and road rash from sliding on the pavement. Her scalp wound had to be stapled shut.

Her daughter hurt her left arm and leg, along with her head. Medical staff at Memorial Hospital found fluid in the girl's abdomen and transferred her to UW Hospital.

Denman's blood-alcohol content tested at 0.227 percent, nearly three times the legal limit for driving in Wisconsin. She indicated she had consumed six Corona beers prior to operating the ATV. She acknowledged to deputies that she has bond conditions that prohibit drinking and violating the law in four previously filed, ongoing criminal cases but said she continues to drink and has her alcohol consumption under control.

Those bond conditions are from three open cases in Sauk County and one open case in Columbia County, from when she lived in Baraboo.

In Sauk County, Denman is charged with felony bail jumping, three felony counts of identity theft, three felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, one felony count of forgery, as well as misdemeanor bail jumping, five misdemeanor counts of making a false prescription order, two misdemeanor counts of obtaining a prescription drug with fraud, two misdemeanor counts of possessing an illegally obtained prescription and a misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property.

In Columbia County, she's charged with two felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

She signed signature bonds totaling $3,000, with conditions that she maintain absolute sobriety and have no contact with the Walgreens in Portage.

Denman also faces felony bail jumping, misdemeanor bail jumping, disorderly conduct and battery charges in Lafayette County from an incident three days prior to the ATV rollover.

All of the charges against Denman were filed within the past eight months. State court records show no criminal convictions for Denman.