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Onalaska woman’s bond remains $1M at court hearing into 6-year-old’s death



Bond for an Onalaska woman accused of causing the death of her 6-year-old stepson will remain at $1 million cash.


The decision to maintain the high bond for Josie Dikeman came after a partial preliminary hearing on Wednesday, before Judge Elliott Levine.

Dikeman is accused of homicide in the February death of 6-year-old Alexavier Pedrin, resulting from multiple instances of physical trauma to the boy.

Dikeman’s attorney, Christopher Zachar, asked Levine to reduce the bond to $10,000, arguing that Dikeman is not employed, and is not likely to flee the area.

District attorney Tim Gruenke argued in court that Dikeman is a danger to other children in her care, and that those children also have experienced injuries.

A Minnesota medical examiner testified during Wednesday’s hearing about the severity of injuries found during an autopsy of Alexavier.

Other witnesses are scheduled to be called when Dikeman’s hearing resumes on June 9th.

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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