A judge has denied a motion to drop charges against a 10-year-old girl accused of killing a 6-month-old baby in Chippewa County.
The defense argued in court Thursday afternoon that the first degree reckless homicide charge should be dropped, saying the 10-year-old is not developed enough to display utter disregard for human life, which is one of the requirements.
Judge James Peterson denied the request, saying doing so would undermine the intention of the legislature. Peterson went on to say that the arguments would be better addressed in an appellate court or the legislature itself.
The incident happened on October 30 at a foster home in Tilden, which also served as an in-home daycare. Officials say the 10-year-old girl accidentally dropped the infant, and the baby hit his head on a stool and started crying. At that point, they say she panicked, causing injuries resulting in the infant’s death.