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Brown County woman charged in death of 5-year-old son

Posted at 11:58 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 13:11:22-04

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BROWN COUNTY (NBC 26) -- A woman is facing criminal charges after the body of her son was found in her car.

Sagal Hussein is due in court Thursday afternoon. Online court records show her facing multiple charges, including Chronic Neglect of a Child (Consequence is Death) and Move/Hide/Bury Corpse of Child.

Charges in this case stem from an investigation that started back in January, when two of Hussein's other children were were spotted playing alone outside unsupervised. As previously reported, the Brown County Sheriff's Office indicates that Hussein gave conflicting statements about how long she had left the children alone to run errands.

It was also revealed that Hussein had a third child, 5-year-old Josias Marquez, who had not been seen for months. The criminal complaint said that Josias needed a wheelchair to move around and relied on others for feeding.

In a previous statement, the Sheriff's Office said Hussein gave inaccuracies and wouldn't fully cooperate as investigators tried to make contact with Josias.

Eventually, through an investigation, the criminal complaint said the body of Josias was found in a duffle bag in the cargo area of Hussein's vehicle. The criminal complaint said the boy's body was malnourished and weighed only 20 pounds at the time of the autopsy. There was also concern noted in the criminal complaint that Josias was not getting regular medical treatment and missing doctor appointments.

If convicted, Hussein faces potentially decades behind bars and thousands of dollars in fines.