Fond du Lac mother accused of forcing Q-tip into her toddler’s ears to spend time in prison

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY — A Fond du Lac mother who pleaded guilty to child abuse will spend the next three years in prison.

27-year-old Jenna Schumacher is accused of forcing a Q-tip into her 14-month-old son’s ears.

In addition to the prison sentence, Schumacher will serve two years extended supervision.

A restitution hearing has been scheduled for December 22nd in this case.

Jenna Schumacher's 14-month-old boy

Jenna Schumacher’s 14-month-old boy

In September, Schumacher pleaded guilty to a felony charge of child abuse/high probability/great harm.

The criminal complaint indicates that Schumacher brought her son to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on November 5th. 2014. The child was admitted for chronic ear bleeding and perforated eardrums. Doctors indicated there was “no medical cause” for the ear injuries — and because of that, they were concerned this may be an abuse situation.

Doctors and a child abuse specialist agreed to monitor the child in his hospital room via video surveillance — and instructed Schumacher “not to place anything into (the child’s) ears.”

Jenna Schumacher

Jenna Schumacher

On November 14th, the video surveillance revealed that Schumacher entered the child’s room, reached into a pocket and pulled out a Q-tip. The complaint indicates she “violently forces the Q-tip into (the child’s) right ear multiple times. (The child) is seen crying, struggling, kicking his legs and trying to get away from the defendant.” About a minute later, Schumacher is seen doing the same thing.

Schumacher initially denied to investigators putting anything into the child’s ears. But when confronted by the video surveillance, Schumacher told them “she began forcing Q-tips into (the child’s) ears around the same time she broke up with (the child’s) father.” Schumacher also told investigators that sometimes she “can’t stand to look at (the child) because he looks so similar to his father.”

After further examination, doctors indicated the risk of permanent hearing impairment for the child is high.


  • Amanda Cendretta

    As I sit here shaking my head not knowing that I worked with this woman.. Not just work with her I friended her.. Guided her as a big sister.. Listen to her talk about this situation.. All of it didn’t make any since to me.. I told her she wouldn’t tell me everything she would just tell me what she wants me to know…I am sadden that she has to miss three years of her children’s life’s,.I told her no man is worth losing her children.. She knows what she did was wrong.. She swears up and down she didnt intentally harm her child on purpose.. To me she loved her kids.. She had plans to get them back and have a fresh start.. I am praying for her .. More for her parents and sister that have been caring for her children since last year.. Hope you allow this cause all in all she is a good person.. Just horrible horrible choices.. Bless this woman’s soul cause she needs jesus

    • RJ

      She can swear up and down that she didn’t intend to harm her kid all day long, but that is not supported by the evidence or in any way even remotely mired in truth. She intentionally forced Q-tips into the ears of a 14 month old child, perforating his ear drums and caused bleeding only to take him to the hospital and do it repeatedly again while at the hospital. Even if I were to accept that she screwed up the first time, and took him to get help; no logical person could ever claim that she didn’t intend to harm the kid when she did it repeatedly.

    • Amanda

      Only thing we need to do is ask god to forgive her and walk with her … I am still sitting here asking myself why in the @@%$$&%% can a parent harm there child especially because it had to do with a man.. Sickens me.. And I called her my friend.. Ugh

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