Grandmother appears in Rock County Court in methadone death case
JANESVILLE—A woman accused of supplying the methadone that led to her granddaughter's death stood mute Wednesday in Rock County Court, and a not-guilty plea was entered for her.
Tina M. Strommen, 51, of 1729 Sumac Court, Beloit, also waived her right to a preliminary hearing. Her case was assigned to Judge James Daley.
Strommen missed her court date Tuesday, and a warrant was issued. Her attorney said Wednesday that Strommen had misunderstood the time of the hearing, showing up at 1 p.m. instead of 11 a.m.
Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer was satisfied with the excuse.
Strommen is charged with first-degree reckless homicide/delivery of drugs. She is accused of supplying methadone tablets from her prescription to her daughter, Tallie J. Strommen, 23, 722 Central Ave., Beloit.
Tallie is accused of giving her 1-year-old daughter a piece of a tablet before bedtime when the family was visiting in Janesville on Dec. 26, 2013.
Tallie is also faces a charge of first-degree reckless homicide. Her case is scheduled for trial July 21.