Katie Koch pleads guilty in filthy house child neglect case


The Wisconsin mother who oversaw what neighbors and news media have termed a house “out of a horror movie” took a plea deal on Thursday afternoon that could result in substantial prison time.

Katie Koch, 34, was arrested in late July and charged with two felony counts each of chronic neglect of a child and false imprisonment, and two misdemeanor counts of neglecting a child, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Law&Crime.

Some those counts were dismissed in Milwaukee County court as the defendant accepted legal culpability for three other charges.

The state agreed to dismiss one count of false imprisonment and the two lesser counts of child neglect. In exchange, Koch pleaded guilty to two counts of chronic neglect of a child resulting in emotional damage and one count of false imprisonment — which combined both victims.

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