Case Update: Josias Marquez’s Mother Enters Not Guilty Plea

Josias Marquez
Josias Marquez.

Sagal Hussein, who has been charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors in connection with the death of her five-year-old “high needs” son, Josias Marquez, was seen in court on September 29 for a combined arraignment and motion hearing, at which time she entered a plea of not guilty.

The Wisconsin “mother’s” charges include chronic neglect of a child with the consequence of death, a level B felony; moving, hiding, or burying the corpse of a child, a level F felony; neglecting a child under 6 or with a disability, a level I felony; as well as six level A misdemeanors, including neglecting a child and five counts of resisting or obstructing an officer.

The emaciated, partially mummified body of little Josias, who suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, was blind and immobile, and could not speak, was found in a duffel bag in the trunk of Sagal’s car in March of this year. She is accused of failing to provide adequate nutrition and medical care to her son, as she evidently just stopped feeding him, taking him to the doctor, and giving him his prescription medication at some point. It is believed Josias died between December of 2019 and January of 2020.

Sagal Hussein court video
Sagal Hussein at her September 29 hearing. (Fox11 News)

Also in court, the defendant’s motion for modification of bond was denied; she had requested the no-contact condition of her bond be removed. Sagal’s bond has been set at $500,000 since her arrest in March, and she was ordered not to have contact with her two surviving children, their father, and several other people.

The next status hearing in the case is scheduled for 2:00 PM on December 7 before Judge Thomas J. Walsh. Sagal is represented by attorney Timothy Hogan.

I covered Josias’s heartbreaking story on episode 24 of Suffer the Little Children Podcast.

Click here for my ongoing coverage of Josias’s case.

Sources: Fox 11, WIsconsin Circuit Court Access portal

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