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Bond set at $1 million for Onalaska woman charged with murder of 6-year-old boy



Blunt force trauma and toxic effects of a drug are cited as the causes of a 6-year-old boy’s death in Medary early this year.

Alexavier Pedrin’s death on Feb. 11 is considered a homicide.

Caretaker Josie Dikeman of Onalaska was charged with murder and repeated child abuse in her first court appearance Monday, with several spectators at the La Crosse County hearing wearing red shirts bearing the message “Justice for Alexavier.”


La Crosse County Sheriff John Siegel said experts from several states were consulted during the investigation.

“We still have some work to do on this case,” Siegel told reporters. “As you can imagine, investigators have worked continuously since that morning in February on this incident.”

The child died after multiple injuries to his body.

According to the autopsy, the boy had severe injuries to his head, neck, and other parts of his body. He also had been given Xanax pills.

La Crosse County Judge Ramona Gonzalez set Dikeman’s bond at $1 million cash. Her next court appearance is May 31.

Dikeman is also charged with repeated physical abuse of a child, and chronic neglect leading to death.

After Dikeman’s initial hearing, Pedrin’s grandmother, Cheryl Anderson, spoke with reporters.

“I’m absolutely excited that she got a $1 million bond, and she’ll be behind bars,” Anderson said. “No other child can get hurt at this moment.”

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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