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Woman who lost 3 children in fire accused of theft
DODGEVILLE (AP) - A woman severely burned in an Argyle house fire that killed three of her children has been charged with stealing from residents at a rehabilitation center where she is recovering.

Sharon Wand, 27, suffered third-degree burns over much of her body when her husband set fire to their house on Oak Street last September. Armin Wand III, 33, was sentenced in April to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Armin's 18-year-old brother, Jeremy, was convicted this week with helping him set the fire and will be sentenced in July.

Iowa County prosecutors say Sharon Wand stole jewelry, a ceramic rabbit figurine and a small stuffed animal from residents at Bloomfield Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Facility near Dodgeville in April and May, according to published reports.

Wand faces three counts of theft and two counts of criminal trespass to a dwelling, all Class A misdemeanors. She stood mute on the charges last week. Not guilty pleas were entered on her behalf.

Wand's struggles in the nine months since the fire have elicited public sympathy. She spent months hospitalized in critical condition and lost the fetus she was carrying at the time of the fire, leaving 2-year-old Jessica as her only surviving child.

A wheelchair-bound Wand had a powerful and emotional statement for the court when she appeared at her husband's sentencing in April. Her horrific experiences have not dampened her will to live, she said in the statement: "Jessica and I will start over and we will survive."

She filed for divorce in January; that case is still pending in Lafayette County, according to online court records.

Wand had been caught with stolen material on previous occasions this spring at the Dodgeville rehab facility and was repeatedly warned to change her behavior, Iowa County Sheriff Steve Michek told the Wisconsin State Journal.

She has since been moved. Her current address is at Lyghthouse, an assisted living facility near Platteville, according to court records. Her next court date is June 25.

- Reporter Katjusa Cisar contributed to this story.