10-year-old girl stomps on infant's head, resulting in his death, after she accidentally dropped him at daycare
Police said the girl admitted to hurting the infant after he fell out of her arms and started crying, allegedly stomping on his head after dropping him
Law enforcement authorities have detained a 10-year-old girl after she allegedly stomped on the head of an infant in a daycare in Wisconsin, resulting in his death.
The girl has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and is currently in juvenile custody, Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk revealed. According to Kowalczyk, dispatch received a call from a caretaker at a daycare in the town of Wheaton on Tuesday, reporting that a six-month-old baby was bleeding from the head and was unresponsive, Daily Mail reported.
The baby was rushed to the Gillette Children’s Hospital in St Paul, Minnesota but was eventually declared dead, Kowalczyk said. Authorities interrogated one adult and three children at the daycare center about a possible suspect, all of whom pointed at the 10-year-old girl, the Star Tribune reported.
The girl reportedly told police that she was holding the baby when she dropped him. It was then that the child hit his head on a footstool and began crying, authorities said. In a state of panic, the 10-year-old stomped on the child's head repeatedly, the girl admitted. According to a doctor who examined the infant after, ruled that the injuries the baby sustained were not accidental, the report stated.
In court, District Attorney Wade Newell said a medical pathologist believed the child's injuries were consistent with a fall and also said the tread marks on the child's head match that of the suspect's shoes.
The girl was seen Monday morning in handcuffs and wearing a black hoodie as she appeared before the judge in Chippewa County Circuit Court. The accused had been removed from the custody of her biological parents, who were also present in court, and was subsequently placed in foster care. When the tragic incident occurred, she was staying with the family who runs the daycare. Her cash bond was set at $50,000.
Wearing a colorful striped skirt, a black hoodie, and pink sneakers, the girl buried her head in her mother's arms, moaning and crying as Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell described the charge against her, the report added.
Wheaton is about 85 miles east of St. Paul. "It's not been a good morning for Chippewa County," Kowalczyk said, referring to the infant's death as well as the continuing investigation into the deaths of three Girl Scouts and one of their mothers, who were hit and killed by a truck Saturday near Chippewa Falls in an incident that resulted in homicide charges against 21-year-old Colten Treu.