SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Carla Stuckle, the mother of two illegitimate children by State Sen. John Schmitz, pleaded innocent today to one count of felony child neglect involving one of the infants.
Mrs. Stuckle, 43, who was ordered to report for a Aug. 23 preliminary hearing in Municipal Court, lost custody of her 13-month-old son last month after doctors discovered the boy had hair wrapped so tightly around his penis that it was nearly severed and required extensive reconstructive surgery.
Tustin Police Chief Charles Thayer said the child neglect charge was filed on the basis of statements made by the surgeon who operated on the baby.
The infant remains in the county home for abused and battered children pending an Aug. 6 hearing in Juvenile Court on Mrs. Stuckle's fitness as a parent.
Prosecutors charge the woman knew about the injury but did not seek immediate medical treatment. Mrs. Stuckle is also the mother of Schmitz' month-old daughter.
The disclosure was the latest controversy involving Schmitz, 51, a rightwing Republican from Corona Del Mar, who is married and the father of seven children.
The former Congressman now a state senator, who got more than a million votes as the American Independent Party's 1972 presidential candiate, was stripped of his chairmanship in the Legislature earlier this year after calling pro-abortionists at a committee hearing 'Bulldykes' and 'queers' and claiming the room was 'filled with seas of hard Jewish and (arguably) female faces.'
Schmitz has also said he should be honored as 'Man of the Year' by anti-abortionists for fathering his two illegitimate children.
Mrs. Stuckle, who met Schmitz at Santa Ana College where he was her political science professor, said she did not believe the senator's family knew of their nine-year relationship