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Girl, 10, facing charges in Chippewa County in death of infant

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A 10-year-old girl is facing charges in Chippewa County in the death of an 6-month old infant.

According to Chippewa County Sheriff James L. Kowalczyk, the sheriff’s department received a 911 call from a licensed day care in the town of Tilden for a baby boy bleeding from his head. The infant was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, then flown to a St. Paul hospital, where he died on Nov. 1, according to the Star Tribune.

The sheriff said that the doctors at the St. Paul hospital called police and said the infant’s death was not an accident. The sheriff said that a 10-year-old girl at the day care confessed to her involvement in the death of the infant after originally denying it.

A cash bond was set at $50,000 for the girl, who is being held in the adult court system but could be moved to juvenile court. Wisconsin law requires that first-degree homicide charges initially be brought in adult court if the accused is 10 or older.

The incident remains under investigation.

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