Monroe Co. judge: “The bottom line is that there are consequences” for Headrick couple

Travis and Amy Headrick, a Melvina couple, are being sent to prison for child neglect and false imprisonment charges

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) – After reaching a plea deal, a Melvina couple learns their fate after neglecting and locking their children in makeshift cages.

“The bottom line is that there are consequences for actions,” Monroe County Judge Todd Ziegler said.

Friday, Ziegler sentenced Travis and Amy Headrick of Melvina to four years in prison and seven years of extended supervision for the neglect and false imprisonment of their own children.

“None of what happened to them is fair,” Ziegler said.

“I know it may not be as significant as some people wanted to see,” Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger said.

In August of 2018, the Headricks were arrested after being accused of locking their children in cages.

According to the criminal complaint, the children, four of whom were adopted, were zip tied into cages and horse troughs throughout their home. Some of the children were in diapers.

“This is something that is gonna change, has changed, their lives forever,” Ziegler said.

The couple was originally accused of nine charges including second degree recklessly endangering safety and felony child abuse, but six of them were tossed out after the couple reached a plea deal back in February.

“There were several factors in the case, and I think the court did a very good job of considering all of those factors,” Croninger said.

News 8 Now has been reporting that there have been as many as 20 allegations of child neglect, recklessly endangering safety, and false imprisonment against the Headricks going back more than 10 years.

“This is extremely serious. It’s horrible, despicable,” Ziegler said.

Defense attorney’s said during the hearing the couple stayed employed and did community service since being charged, and even asked they be sentenced to probation.

“I don’t typically see all these positive things that someone does after being charged,” Ziegler said.

But Ziegler says what happened two years ago is no excuse.

“Good people don’t engage in that type of behavior,” Ziegler said.

The Headricks acknowledged what they did was wrong.

“I did things that weren’t right,” Travis admitted. “And I affected a lot of people by doing those. And to those people, I’d like to say I’m sorry.”

“I made a really bad choice, and I’m sorry,” Amy said, crying.

In addition to going to prison, the judge also ruled the Headricks will have to pay restitution.

The Headricks are also not allowed to come into contact with the victims.