A 10-year-old girl was led into court in handcuffs and charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of a 6-month-old boy.
Accompanied by her parents, the girl from Wisconsin sobbed throughout a 10-minute bond hearing where Judge James Isaacson ordered her to be held on $50,000 cash bond.
She has not been identified because her case likely will be referred to juvenile court. Under Wisconsin law, first-degree homicide charges must initially be brought in adult court if the accused is age 10 or older, reports Star Tribune.
According to District Attorney Newell, police responded to an emergency call on the afternoon of Oct. 30.
A 6-month-old boy at a licensed day care center was found unresponsive and bleeding from the head. The baby was taken to a local hospital and then flown to Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, where he died Nov. 1.
Police questioned one adult and three children who were present at the day care center. They quickly settled on the girl as the prime suspect, said Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk.
According to Kowalczyk, the girl said she was holding the baby when she dropped the infant, who hit his head on a footstool. When the baby cried, she panicked and stomped on the child’s head, the sheriff said. A local doctor who examined the baby determined that the injuries were not accidental, he added.
Although the girl’s biological parents were with her in court, authorities said she had been removed from their home in September and placed in foster care with the same family that also runs the day care center where the infant’s death occurred. The reason the girl was placed in the foster home was not disclosed.
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