A 31-year-old Wisconsin woman has been charged with murder in the death of her 6-year-old son earlier this year.
A criminal complaint says that Josie Dikeman stands accused of killing Alexavier Pedrin on February 11, WEAU reports. According to the complaint, Dikeman called 911 that morning and said her son was unresponsive. Crews arrived on the scene and tried to revive the boy, but he was pronounced dead.
According to the complaint, an autopsy determined the boy died from blunt force trauma with the toxic effects of Xanax a contributing factor.
The autopsy revealed “blunt force injuries to the head and neck” and “multiple contusions of the chest and back” along with a “fractured rib,” WXOW reported.
The station said that La Crosse County deputies conducted a welfare check at the home just 15 hours before the boy’s death. The found Alexavier sleeping; he didn’t wake despite the deputy trying several times to speak with him. His mother said the entire family was just getting over a round of COVID, and she had given Alexavier melatonin to help him sleep.
The document also says that Dikeman’s other children told investigators they saw her hit, choke, and kick Alexavier on more than one occasion, WEAU said.
Additionally, a doctor was reportedly concerned about possible child abuse when Alexavier was hospitalized in January with a femur fracture.
Dikeman was arraigned this week on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, chronic neglect of a child with a consequence is death, and physical abuse of a child, repeated acts causing bodily harm. She was given a $1 million bond, according to WXOW.
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[Featured image: Alexavier Pedrin/GoFundMe and Josie Dikeman/La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office]