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Onalaska woman seeks bail reduction, as she awaits trial in abuse-related death of 6-year-old



FILE - Homicide suspect Josie Dikeman enters La Crosse County court during a hearing June 9, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

A woman from Onalaska, who’s accused of causing a 6-year-old boy’s death, is due back in court Tuesday.


Josie Dikeman is hoping to have her $250,000 cash bond reduced, while waiting to be tried for the death of Alexavier Pedrin. The boy reportedly died from blunt force trauma last February.

Dikeman’s bond was $1 million shortly after her arrest in May.

The 31-year-old Dikeman faces felony charges of 1st degree homicide, repeated physical abuse of a child and chronic neglect of a child leading to death.

A defense attorney argued that Dikeman has not fled the area and claims there’s no direct evidence to prove that she caused the injuries blamed for Alexavier’s death.

The bond was reduced to $250,000 at Dikeman’s August bond hearing.

FILE – Spectators in May of 2023 at the Dikeman court hearings have demonstrated outside the La Crosse Courthouse, in support of 6-year-old Alexavier Pedrin (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

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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