A 10-year-old Wisconsin girl sobbed in her foster mother’s arms while she awaited sentencing on Monday.
The girl was accused of stomping on a 6-month-old baby’s head until he stopped crying.
Last week, authorities received a call from a caretaker at a licensed home daycare, saying that a baby was bleeding from his head and was unresponsive, reports Star Tribune.
According to Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk, the 10-year-old confessed to dropping the baby, who then hit his head on a footstool. However, she panicked when the baby wouldn’t stop crying and deliberately trampled his head, causing injuries that led to his death.
KSTP reports, Kowalczyk said:
“The injuries sustained by the 6-month-boy was not an accident.”
Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell described the case at the hearing:
“She panicked, didn’t know what to do and didn’t want to get into trouble.”
The baby was rushed to a local hospital, then flown to St. Paul, Minnesota, but the child did not survive.
Investigators said the baby’s injuries were in accordance with the drop and the tread marks on his head matched those of the little girl’s shoes, reports WEAU.
According to KSTP, deputies haven’t determined if the 10-year-old has any developmental disabilities. Her head was hidden under her foster mother’s arms, and she was moaning and crying as the prosecutor described the first-degree intentional homicide charge against her.
According to AP, she was removed from her biological parents’ home in September and placed in foster care under the supervision of the same family that also runs the daycare center where the infant’s death occurred.
There were three children under the supervision of one adult at the time of the incident. The judge set the young defendant’s cash bond at $50,000.
The child’s death is still under investigation.