A Lake County judge has dismissed the more serious of one of the two neglect of a dependent charges against the mother of a two year old Portage girl whose body was found in concrete, in a swampy area of LaPorte County four years ago. Lake Criminal Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. stated the state cannot prove Melissa Swiontek knowingly placed her daughter in a situation that likely led to her death. Published reports say the case revolves around whether the woman knowingly placed Jada Justice in a dangerous situation leaving the girl in the care of her cousin and her cousin's boyfriend with knowledge the couple used and dealt drugs. If convicted, Swiontek could receive six-months to three years in prison, before the judge's dismissal of the charge today, she faced between 20 and 50 years in prison.
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