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April 2014


Third evaluation ordered for Oconomowoc mother charged in infant's death

A third mental evaluation has been ordered for Dana Hooper, 32, of Oconomowoc, who is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of her 10-week-old infant in September.

Judge William Domina on Thursday agreed, because of the case's allegations, that the state's request for another mental evaluation is appropriate. Hooper entered a not-guilty plea by reason of mental disease and defect in October.

According to the criminal complaint, Hooper told investigators that she heard voices in her head telling her to kill her baby. Hooper later told police that she stabbed the baby about six or seven times. The mother of three stated that she did not feel like it was her stabbing the baby and thought that maybe she was possessed.

Neither she nor her husband, Kevin, called an ambulance after the baby's stabbing. Instead they went to the hospital to check her in for psychiatric help.

The original call to 9-1-1 came from Rogers Memorial Hospital, where Dana Hooper had checked in earlier in the afternoon, based on a report that she wassuicidal. After speaking with hospital staff, she revealed that she had killed her baby and that no one had yet alerted authorities, the complaint alleged.

Hospital staff alerted authorities, who arrived at the murder scene at 5:50 p.m., hours after Hooperallegedly stabbed the child. When police arrived at the home at W353 N5950 Lisbon Road, they were greeted by Kevin Hooper who led them to the grisly discovery.

Dana Hooper remains in custody on a $1 million cash bond and her next court date is at 2 p.m. on Jan. 11 for a motion hearing. Kevin Hooper is charged with a felony of failing to report the death of a child. He has been released under the condition of no contact with the couple's two other children.

His next court date is a hearing on Jan. 7.

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