Rhinelander man pleads to child neglect; charges of pointing gun at police dropped
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
A Rhinelander man pleaded guilty to chronic neglect of a child in Oneida County Circuit Court Thursday. In exchange, four counts – including child abuse and attempted first degree intentional homicide for pointing a gun at a police officer, were dismissed.
Dwight D. Schleif was arrested July 5 after Rhinelander police went to his home to investigate a child abuse allegation. According to the criminal complaint, once there, Schleif yelled at officers through the door, but eventually released a minor child to the police. Schleif later turned himself in and told a detective he had loaded two guns and was waiting for the officers to return so he should shoot them.
In July, the child reportedly told officers that Schleif “beats [him] up,” and put a gun to [the child’s] head. Officers also noted in the complaint that the boy had two black eyes, bruises and welts on his legs, head and face.
Chronic neglect of a child is a Class E felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and maximum five years of extended supervision. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26. Schleif remains jailed on $50,000 cash bond.