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Crawford County man appears in court on child-abuse homicide charge

Brad Williams

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A Crawford County man has made his initial court appearance on a charge of reckless homicide, in the death of a toddler. 

Chase Harville of Prairie du Chien is suspected of causing fatal head trauma to the 3-year-old boy while taking care of him earlier this month. 

Harville claimed that the child had banged his head into a countertop while roller-skating in the house, but an autopsy showed that the boy died from multiple severe head injuries.

Harville was arrested following a brief manhunt on July 10th, the day the child died.

Wednesday’s hearing for Harville before Judge Lynn Rider could not be completed, because his defense lawyer was not available. 

The hearing will resume on Monday. 

Bond remains at $300,000 for Harville.  

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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