Melody Butt pleads guilty to drug charges, ordered prison time

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Andrea Anderson
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ELKHORN—The East Troy mother convicted of child neglect in the 2011 drowning deaths of her twins and later sent to prison after violating her probation pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges Tuesday morning.

Melody Butt, 28, was sentenced in August 2012 to one year in jail and 14 years probation on a charge of child neglect causing death. On Sept. 22, 2011, her twins drowned in the bathtub while she slept.

In January, Butt was arrested on drug-related misdemeanor charges while on probation on the child neglect case. An administrative law judge on Sept. 9 revoked Butt's probation and ordered her to serve 10 years in prison, according to court documents.

Martha Carlson, administrative law judge, revoked Butt's probation and sent her to prison in part because Butt gave birth to another set of twins April 23, never saw a physician, never sought medical treatment prior to the births and never notified Walworth County Child Protective Services of her pregnancy, according to a state Division of Hearings and Appeals revocation order.

Butt was charged with illegally obtaining a prescription drug, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing an officer after police Jan. 19 reported finding marijuana, ground up Vicodin and muscle relaxants in her vehicle that was off the road, according to a criminal complaint.

As part of a plea agreement, Butt pleaded guilty to three counts Tuesday, and Judge James Carlson sentenced her to 4.5 years in prison plus 18 months extended supervision to be served concurrently to her 10-year prison sentence on the child neglect case.

Butt has been in prison since Sept. 25, said Joy Staab, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman.

It was not clear from the revocation order where the latest set of twins will be while Butt is in prison.

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