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Melrose father accused of baby’s death headed to trial



A ‘not guilty’ plea to reckless homicide has been submitted in Jackson County court by a Melrose man accused of the death of his baby girl. 

A trial will be scheduled for Armas Cravins II, who had been babysitting for the 2-month-old infant and three other children one night in September. 

The infant was found dead in a baby swing at the house. 

Cravins also is accused of lesser child neglect charges, in relation to the other children who were being watched.    

The baby’s mother was working that night while Cravins was with the children.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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