Ashley M. Neel, 22, of Slater, pleaded guilty to filing a false report of child abuse in Associate Circuit Court Wednesday, May 13.
Neel is accused of placing a telephone call to the child abuse hotline of Saline County Division of Child Services in November 2008 and making false allegations of child abuse. The false report, a class A misdemeanor, carries a possible sentence of one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Judge James T. "Tut" Bellamy sentenced Neel to two years court-supervised probation on condition of no contact with the victim. Courts costs of $116.50 must be paid by August 19; restitution to Slater Police Department of $68 for their cost of pursuing the false call must also be paid by an unspecified date.