10-Year-Old Wisconsin Girl Charged As Adult In Panicked Killing Of 6-Month-Old Boy At Day Care

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.

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:

 

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.

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.

No charges have been brought against the foster home which was responsible for the children, but police note the investigation is ongoing.

H/T – People, YouTube