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Trempealeau County mother, accused of abducting own child, has hearing soon



More than two months after a Trempealeau County woman and her brother were accused of abducting the woman’s own baby, the mother could finally have a pre-trial hearing next week. 

A preliminary hearing for Jessica Cleasby of Eleva is set for Wednesday, April 8 in Trempealeau County court. 

Cleasby had been denied custody of her 1-year-old son Sawyer because of drug problems. 

Jessica, her brother Jamey Cleasby, and the baby were found staying in a North Dakota motel in January.   

Jessica was returned to Trempealeau County in late February, and she posted cash bond to be released from jail.   

She could enter a not guilty plea, on a charge of interfering with custody. 


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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