A 10-year-old girl from Chippewa County, Wisconsin, is being charged as an adult with first-degree intentional homicide for her part in the death of a 6-month-old baby who her foster family was watching at their daycare center.
As horrible as it, is charging a 10 year old with murder seems inappropriate! Girl, 10, charged with killing baby after allegedly stamping on his head at daycare centre https://t.co/9ZNwoFqV0t via @YahooNews
— Kenneth Roberts (@kennethkwr4) November 7, 2018
The young girl appeared in front of a judge on Monday, November 5, where she sobbed continuously while holding onto her mother. She did not offer a plea. It’s likely the case will move to juvenile court in the near future, but the law requires that, since the girl is at least 10, the proceedings begin in adult criminal court.
Defendants for the young girl claim that she was playing with the 6-month-old baby when she was supposed to be playing outside with the other children. The young girl dropped the infant onto a step-stool, causing the baby’s head to begin bleeding. As the 6-month-old began to cry, the 10-year-old panicked, fearing she had hurt the baby and would get in extreme trouble. District Attorney Wade Newell told the court:
She panicked and didn’t know what to do and didn’t want to get into trouble. And then she proceeded to stomp on the 6-month-old’s head.
Twitter users were heartbroken by every aspect of the story:
Oh. My. God! 😢
— Sherry (@stemeakabrunson) November 6, 2018
My heart is absolutely breaking for the baby’s parents .As a parent leaving your child in someone else’s care is just frightening enough . May God surround them at this time w loving angels ..
— KBrady (@NJGirl47371149) November 6, 2018
This is horrifying for so many reasons. Sad.
— abby (@ab_parry) November 6, 2018
My heart breaks
— Pamela Howard 88486603 (@P88486603) November 6, 2018
On October 30th, dispatchers received a call for aid regarding a baby with “head and facial injuries.” Officers responded to the scene and took the infant to a nearby hospital before airlifting it to St. Paul, Minnesota. Despite these efforts, the infant died the Thursday after as a result of its injuries.
This is really sad. Also sad a 10 year is being tried as an adult while there are children much older who aren’t. RIP baby boy
— Tiffany Sherman (@smiles_tiffany) November 6, 2018
The incident in question took place at a day care center which doubles as the 10-year-old girl’s foster home. Though the judge was unable to reveal why the defendant had been removed from her biological parent’s care; the girl’s parents appeared in court with her during the proceedings.
Why wasn't the woman responsible for watching the 10 year and the baby charged??
— Elisa (@Tigerlilybeauty) November 6, 2018
No charges have been brought against the foster home which was responsible for the children, but police note the investigation is ongoing.