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Plea Deal Expected in Toddler Abuse Case

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Online court records indicate a plea deal could be in the works for a 29-year-old Wabeno man charged with critically injuring a toddler.

Brandon Brunette is charged with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide, physical abuse of a child –intentionally causing great bodily harm, and child neglect resulting in great bodily harm.

According to court documents, Brunette initially said he accidentally dropped the boy, then two-years-old, from chest height, but later admitted to deputies the boy would not stop crying that's when he grabbed him by the leg and threw him 10-15 feet into a wall or tv stand.

A plea hearing date has been set for July 22.

Brunette remains in custody in the Forest County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.

The boy's mother is also charged in the case. Jennifer Shepard is charged with failing to prevent bodily harm to a child, child neglect resulting in great bodily harm, aiding a felon and obstructing an officer. She'll return to court July 8 for a motion hearing.


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