Charges upgraded against girl accused of killing baby

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A charge against a Chippewa County girl who was 10-years-old when investigators say she killed a 6-month-old baby has been upgraded.

Court records show prosecutors amended the charge to first-degree intentional homicide. She was originally charged with first-degree reckless homicide last October.

According to an amended criminal complaint, an autopsy of the baby showed seven distinct impact injuries to the head, contradicting the suspect’s story of what happened. Investigators also said the girl knew the injuries would kill the baby.

The incident happened at a foster home in Tilden, which also served as an in-home daycare.

Officials say the girl accidentally dropped the infant, and the baby hit his head on a stool and started crying. They say she was worried she would get in trouble, so she stomped on the baby’s head to keep him quiet.

A letter from Assistant Attorney General, Richard Dufour, outlined that despite this change in charge and the requirement that this charge be filed in adult court, the state believes the case should ultimately be moved to juvenile court for disposition.

The girl’s next court appearance is scheduled for September.

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