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Homicide charge filed against 16-year-old boy in the death of a child at a La Crosse residence



A 16-year-old male arrested this month for a child’s death in La Crosse is being charged in adult court with first-degree intentional homicide.

Under directions from Judge Scott Horne, the defendant is being referred to for now by the initials K.R., pending further rulings. He’s in the county jail with a cash bond set at $250,000.

A criminal complaint says the juvenile victim was found dead on June 14th at a residence on Winneshiek Road in La Crosse. An autopsy determined that the female child had blunt force injuries to the head, neck, and torso. K.R. reportedly had been taking care of younger children, and had said the victim had fallen down. He later told investigators that he had hit the girl in the face, and she fell and hit her head on the ground. Hours later, the victim was found unresponsive in her bed.

The next hearing in the case is set for July 5th.

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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