The mother of a 10-year-old girl who allegedly stomped a 6-month-old baby on the head and killed him insists that her daughter did not have the intention to do harm.
The girl is now 11-years-old and has been charged with the felony of first-degree homicide with intent, being now one of the youngest people ever to be charged with such a severe crime.
When first responders arrived at the daycare on Oct. 30 in the Town of Tilden near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, they found the child unresponsive and bleeding from the head, reported The Associated Press.
The girl cried on the Chippewa County Circuit Court on Sep. 9 as she was being placed on a $50,000 bond by the judge.
“There is no way it was done in any type of intentional way,” her mother told Inside Edition.
When asked if she remembered what her daughter told her, and the mother said: “That it was, just that it was an accident. And you know what? I believe my daughter.”
She said that her daughter was being portrayed as a very bad person, but that her daughter is “beautiful, intelligent [and] smart.”
“At 10, your brain can’t process half the stuff that me or you or anybody else can,” said the girl’s mother.
The mother also said that the girl has mental illness and that they tried to get her help before the incident but were denied because of her age, so as a last resort the family placed her in a daycare center program where the baby died last year.
The mother added that if her daughter would have been given the necessary help, the girl “wouldn’t have ever been there” and the incident “wouldn’t have happened.”
The 11-year-old girl is currently being held at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute for adults.
“She’s the youngest person there,” said the mother. “She’s 11 years old with women 40 years old and over.”
However, medical personnel said that they believed the injuries of the baby were not done by accident.
“Later that afternoon the sheriff’s department received a call from medical personnel, a doctor, attending this youth and indicated that his belief was that the injuries sustained by the 6-month boy was not an accident,” Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk told WEAU-TV.
The girl later “confessed to her involvement in the situation,” Kowalczyk said.
“She would like to return home, and given her age, that may be appropriate,” defense attorney Kirby Harless said.
District Attorney Wade Newell said that the infant “hit its head on the footstool and then the child started crying,” reported WEAU.
The 10-year-old then “didn’t know what to do and didn’t want to get into trouble and then she proceeded to stomp on the 6-month-old’s head,” he said.