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Beaver Dam Police Charities raising money for shooting victim’s daughter

March 28, 2019

Beaver Dam Police Charities has set up a fund for the 5-year-old who lost her mother in a fatal shooting over the weekend.

The organization set up an account at American Bank to collect donations for the child caught up in the tragic event. Those able to donate can mail a check, visit an American Bank branch in Beaver Dam or donate online via credit card using a secure form.

Ulisses Medina Espinosa of Beaver Dam has been charged in Dodge County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his ex-wife, Stacia Hollinshead. He is accused of shooting Hollinshead to death in a Beaver Dam home while their 5-year-old daughter and his own mother were present. The court has set a $2 million bond in his case.

Hollinshead was an assistant state’s attorney in DeKalb County, Illinois, and was visiting Beaver Dam so her daughter could see her grandparents.

“The account is sort of a sister account of our charity account,” said Det. Dan Kuhnz of Beaver Dam Police Charities. “Any donations made are earmarked into that account. All 100 percent of the fund will later be transferred to the legal guardian of the child.”

Kuhnz said some concerns have come up that Medina Espinosa could have access to the money raised for his child.

“That’s obviously not going to be happening,” he said. “We’ll make sure there’s no legal way he’ll have access to any of the money.”

Beaver Dam Police Charities has been involved with many fundraising efforts in the community, including for sports and doing fundraisers for families in need during the holiday season and those affected by tragedies.

“We try to donate to various organizations in town that have a positive impact on the community,” Kuhnz said. “If there’s an incident, we’re a trustworthy place for people to donate” and know their money will be safe, he said.

John Oathout, the CEO of American Bank, said that he appreciates the Beaver Dam Police Charities putting the fund together.

Those writing a check can make the check out to Beaver Dam Police Department Charities with the memo for the child victim and mail it to P.O. Box 438, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 or bring it in to an American Bank Branch at 115 Front St., 1519 N. Spring St., or the Walmart branch at 120 Frances Lane. A check can also be brought to the police department, 123 Park Ave.

There is also a website to donate electronically at americanbankbd.com/help-the-child-victim-of-the-events-of-3-23-19.

All contributions are tax-deductible.