Child abuse charged
Three felony cases have been filed in five weeks against a Manawa woman.
On June 22, Stephanie Jo Lubahn, 39, was charged with felony child abuse.
According to the criminal complaint, a teenage girl went to Manawa police on June 7 and reported she and Lubahn had been arguing and the altercation became physical.
Lubahn allegedly grabbed the girl by the collar and pushed her, causing her to trip on a tote and fall back against a wall. She told the girl to leave and not come back, the complaint says.
When the girl began packing her things, Lubahn allegedly grabbed her by the collar again and slapped her in the face.
After her initial court appearance, Lubahn was released from custody on a $2,000 signature bond with the condition that she have no contact directly or indirectly with the girl.
On July 17, Lubahn was charged with felony bail jumping and violating a child abuse restraining order.
According to the July 17 criminal complaint, Lubahn returned to her family’s home in Manawa and refused to leave.
A child advocate working the case later reported, “The child is staying in a youth shelter as the defendant’s presence in her home renders her homeless.”
That same day, the judge issued an injunction that ordered Lubahn to “avoid the child’s residence and/or any premises temporarily occupied by the child.”
Lubahn was released on a $2,000 signature bond. Conditions of her bond included that she have no contact with the child or cause any other person to contact the child on her behalf.
On July 27, Lubahn was charged with felony intimidation of a witness, felony bail jumping and violating a child abuse injunction.
According to July 27 criminal complaint, Lubahn’s husband reported Lubahn told him how to run the household and to tell the girl to recant her accusations.
Lubahn allegedly threatened to leave her husband and take their child if he did not fix this.
She currently remains in custody on a $1,000 cash bond. A condition of her bond is that she have no contact with her husband.