Probation for mother accused of child neglect; her toddler got hold of methadone

MILWAUKEE — The mother of a toddler who had to be saved with Narcan after the child got hold of methadone has been sentenced to probation.

Courtney Starck

27-year-old Courtney Starck in April pleaded guilty to one count of neglecting a child (consequence is bodily harm, penalties for felonies – Class “H” felony).

In court on Wednesday, May 24th, Starck was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison, with credit for two days time served, and 18 months extended supervision. That sentence was stayed, and Starck was instead placed on probation for two years.

She’ll also serve 60 days in the House of Correction.

According to a criminal complaint, her 21-month-old son ingested methadone from a syringe. It was kept “on shelf just above the kitchen table.”┬áThe incident happened in an apartment┬ánear S. 51st and Plainfield on March 4th. Starck told police she put the boy to bed, but later noticed “his lips were turning blue, his skin was pale and he wasn’t responding to her.”

Starck’s boyfriend called 911, and first responders administered Narcan.

Starck told police she doesn’t have a prescription for methadone and purchases it off the street. She later told police she stole it from a family member.

Courtney Starck

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