The man, whose name is being withheld by Patch to protect the identity of the child, was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Wednesday with eight counts of felony bail jumping after police say he had contact with the girl and his ex-wife on more than one occasion since being told not to back in June.
According to court documents, the man was charged with physical abuse of a child June 15, and ordered by the court to not have any contact with the 7-year-old daughter or her mother.
The man, however, was with both of them Aug. 20, police say, and charged with bail jumping two days later. He was again ordered by the court not to have any contact with the victims.
On Sept. 1, however, Greenfield police found the woman’s car parked at Target, and fearful for her and her daughter’s safety, checked a smart phone she left behind inside the car. Police found a message from the woman to her ex-husband that read: “we are here now we can start walking xoxo love you (sic).”
The man responded indicating he’d pick them up.
Police went to the man’s apartment, but no one answered.
A few days later, the woman admitted to police her ex-husband picked up her and her daughter at Target, in violation of the no-contact order.
Police also spoke with the child, who told police she was instructed to hide when police came to the apartment Sept. 1. She told police she is still afraid of the man though no physical abuse has occurred since the man was physical abuse charge was issued.
Each count of bail jumping carries a maximum 6 years of
imprisonment, $10,000 in fines, or both.