A Wisconsin girl accused of killing a 6-month-old baby at a Wisconsin daycare is facing charges as an adult, and the infant’s father was there to face her earlier this month when she appeared at a hearing at a Chippewa Falls court.
“As opposed to seeing it as a 10-year-old girl, I saw it as the person who killed my son. And she, in my opinion, deserved to be in shackles or handcuffs. She’s a criminal,” Nate Liedl, father of infant Jaxon Liedl, told ABC7.
The 10-year-old girl is accused of stomping on Jaxon’s head inside a Wheaton daycare las month. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said police received a 911 call on October 30 concerning a baby who was bleeding from the head.
The caller said the infant was unresponsive. Authorities arrived to the daycare, then rushed the baby to St. Joseph’s Hospital. His condition was so severe that he was later flown to St. Paul Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A physician contacted authorities after Jaxon was admitted to the hospital and said that infant’s injuries didn’t appear to be accidental.
“Later that afternoon the sheriff’s department received a call from medical personnel, a doctor, attending this youth and indicated that his belief was that the injuries sustained by the six-month boy was not an accident,” Kowalczyk said, according to NBC6.
Prosecutors alleged that she was carrying Jaxon but dropped him and “panicked.” Afterward, she allegedly stomped on his head with her feet.
As the girl appeared at a brief hearing earlier this month, Liedl showed up with the hopes that the girl would see his face. The grieving father said the little girl looked at him for a second before “burying her head into her dad’s shoulder.”
Yet, nothing can take the pain away of losing a child.
“I waited 37 years for my own little baby boy. I was extremely lucky because he didn’t cry, no fussing, he was happy smiles all the time,” Liedl, who fought for custody of Jaxon for the three months of the baby’s life, explained to ABC.
Liedl said after he heard his son was injured, he initially thought the baby would be OK, but then he got the news that Jaxon had taken a turn for the worst.
“They had mentioned what are we going to do if his heart stops, and it caught me completely off guard. I had sent a couple messages out to family to let them know that Jaxon’s not going to make it. I remember, I broke down out there pretty bad. Yeah, it really hit hard.”
Liedl said he didn’t blame the daycare for the incident. The suspect, a foster child, reportedly lived with the family that operated the daycare.
Authorities interviewed daycare provider Amber Sweeney, who said she put the baby down for a nap at around 3 p.m. that afternoon. She said the 10-year-old and two 6-year-olds who attend the daycare, arrived from school and played outside while the infant slept.
Sweeney admitted that the children, which also included two 2-year-olds, were in and out of the house for “short periods” while the baby slept. She also said the 10-year-old was spotted sitting by herself close to a bay window in the kitchen on the day in question.
Although the girl appeared in adult court, there is a possibility the judge will move her case to juvenile court. The decision has not yet been made. The suspect is scheduled to return to court on December 11. She remains behind bars on a $50,000 bond.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Jaxon Liedl/Facebook]