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Limited admission made in Carlton County child care case

The admission will result in custody of two of the five children to be transferred to their current placement, with the remaining three children continuing a trial home visit with their legal mother.

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The Carlton County Courthouse (left) and jail in Carlton. Steve Kuchera / 2019 file / Pine Journal
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CARLTON — A mother for five children involved in a child care case in Carlton County presented a limited admission during a hearing Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Judge Rebekka Stumme ordered that the situation would remain the same, with three children continuing with a trial home visit, and the other two remaining in their current placement.

Nicole Ammesmaki, the legal mother of the children, admitted the children are in need of protection and services.

She added that she is wiling to do whatever the court requires to keep the children in her care.

Petitioner Danielle Martineau gave testimony during the hearing as well, as the two other children have been under her care since January. Martineau is the aunt for the two children in her care and said they have been doing very well.

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"They have adjusted very well, and doing great in school and other cultural activities," she said.

With Stumme's order, custody of the children will be transferred to Martineau, which Ammesmaki consented to.

Rebecca McConkey-Greene, Martineau's attorney, clarified that this does not mean that Martineau has adopted the children, but that she has legal and physical custody of them.

"If things were to change in the future ... you would have to go to court to affect any future transfers of custody," she said.

Melinda Nelms, guardian ad litem for the children, said she was in support of the placements and that the children seem happy in Martineau's care.

Stumme said she appreciated the cooperation between the parties to create the best outcome for the children involved.

She added that continued eyes on the children will be important to ensure they are all safe.

Ammesmaki had faced three charges of malicious punishment of a child, and entered a guilty plea on Nov. 8. With the plea, she accepted an agreement to be placed on court-supervised probation for a year and to serve 30 days in the Carlton County Jail or pay a $1,000 fine. Ammesmaki said in the hearing she would like to pay the fine.

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As part of the agreement, she was also required to send an apology letter to one of the children who had been under her care.

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