IR woman also accused of child abuse


CRYSTAL FALLS — A second person has been charged in connection to a child abuse incident last year in Iron River that left a young girl with broken arms, legs and ribs.

Jennifer Ann Marie Winkler, 26, of Iron River, has a preliminary examination set for Monday in Iron County Trial Court on child abuse-second degree, a 10-year felony.

Her co-defendant, 22-year-old Jesse James Winkler of Iron River, already has waived his preliminary examination and pleaded not guilty to his charges of child abuse-second degree and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation, both 10-year felonies.

He will be back in court April 9 for a pre-trial conference.

Jesse Winkler reportedly caused “serious physical harm” to a female child sometime between Nov. 20 and 28 by “yanking” her arms and legs, causing them to break, and squeezing her to the point of fracturing her ribs, according to the criminal complaint.

Jennifer Winkler is accused of “failing to secure immediate medical treatment for the child’s injuries,” the complaint states.

Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell confirmed the charges against each defendant stem from the same incident, but she declined to provide information on the relationship between the two or their relationship to the child.

Nikki Younk can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 41, or