UPDATE: Thurs 4:28 PM, Oct. 31, 2013
A 29-year-old Wabeno man accused of critically injuring his girlfriend's 19-month-old child has requested a new judge. Online court records indicate Shawano County Judge James Habeck has been assigned to the case.
Brandon Brunette is charged with attempted 1st degree homicide, physical abuse of a child, and child neglect resulting in great bodily harm.
Brunette told investigators he went to the bathroom and heard the boy fall of the couch. He said he picked up the boy, and the child kicked him with his leg that was already in cast. Brunette said he lost his balance and dropped the child from a chest level height.
The toddler had reportedly broken his leg weeks earlier after he fell down the steps.
Brunette said the boy cried but seemed fine and he put him to bed. Brunette said later the boy had vomit coming from his nose and was limp that's when he called 911.
The boy was transported to an Antigo hospital and then transferred to a Marshfield hospital after his injuries were determined to be life-threatening. According to the criminal complaint the boy began posturing-- involuntary extensions of the arms or legs; indicating a brain injury while at the hospital.
According to the criminal complaint, a cellphone seized by investigators allegedly belonging to the child's mother, had a recently sent message to the defendant saying, “as long as we keep our stories straight, we may be okay.”
During questioning with police the next day, Brunette said the boy did fall off the couch as previously stated and he did kick Brunette in the chest with his casted leg causing him to lose his balance and drop the boy. However, Brunette said 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.
Brunette remains behind bars on a $100,000 cash bond.
Due to Brunette's request for a new judge a future court date has not yet been set.
The child's condition is unknown.
ORIGINAL STORY: Wed 12:05 PM, Oct. 30, 2013
A 29-year-old Wabeno man is expected to be 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.
The Forest County Sheriff's Department said on October 18 they received a call reporting a 19-month-old child with a possible concussion.
The matter was investigated by the Forest County Sheriff’s Office and Brandon Brunette was arrested in connection with the incident.
Brunette is behind bars in the Forest County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.
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