10-year-old accused of killing baby boy at Wisconsin daycare

Erika Holt
November 7, 2018

Officials said she had been removed from the home of her biologial parents and was placed in a foster home.

The 11 charges filed against Colten Treu on Tuesday include four counts of vehicular homicide and four counts of a hit-and-run resulting in death.

A woman with the group and three Girl Scouts - including her daughter - were killed, and a fourth girl was critically injured.

The girl is being tried in adult court, WEAU reported, but state law says the case may be referred to a juvenile court.

Bond has been set for the man accused of a fatal hit-and-run crash in Lake Hallie. Accompanied by her parents, she sobbed throughout the 10-minute hearing, where Circuit Judge James Isaacson ordered her held on $50,000 cash bond.

Colten Ray Treu, 21, allegedly told Lake Hallie police he and a passenger had intentionally been inhaling the fumes, or huffing, just before he struck five people, killing four, along the Wisconsin highway, according to a statement from the Lake Hallie Police Department.

The traffic crash claimed the lives of Jayna S. Kelley (age 9) of Lake Hallie, Autum A. Helgeson (age 10) of Lake Hallie, Haylee J. Hickle (age 10) and her mother Sara Jo Schneider (age 32) from the Town of Lafayette.

Prosecutors claim she admitted dropping the baby, who hit his head on a footstool.

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The Star Tribune reported the girl appeared in court in handcuffs and was charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

All of the children hit were fourth-graders at Halmstad Elementary School and Southview Elementary School in nearby Chippewa Falls.

Hundreds of community members huddled under umbrellas in the biting rain on Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil outside Halmstad Elementary.

The surviving girl was hospitalised in Rochester in critical condition.

"All the girls, they're family".

District superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos issued a message to parents saying, "This is a hard time for our students, families and staff".

"We partner with Real Living, so any student in our district, no matter what the circumstance gets 4 free counseling sessions for themselves, as well as every single member of their family", said Eliopoulos.

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