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Eyota teenager accused of suffocating his 5-year-old brother



Prosecutors in Olmsted County believe a 5-year-old boy from Eyota may have been accidentally suffocated by his older brother, to stop him from crying and yelling. 

The child’s teenage brother is charged with second-degree murder and strangulation, and is in juvenile detention. 

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a house in Eyota on Monday to find that the younger child was not breathing. 

He was pronounced dead at a Rochester hospital, with asphyxiation listed as the cause of death. 

The brother, 17-year-old Kaleb Smith, says the child was upset and crying because of a dead bird, and he covered the boy’s mouth and held his nose shut for a minute or two to keep him quiet.    

Smith is now being held at a detention center in Dakota County.

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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