Wausau man charged with reckless homicide in infant son’s death
WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -The 39-year-old Wausau man accused of causing his infant son’s death was charged Friday with first-degree reckless homicide, and four additional misdemeanors. Ronnie Lofton is behind bars on a $250,000 cash bond. An investigation began on Jan. 9 after the 3-month-old boy was bought to the hospital by his mother.
“The child was immediately transported to Marshfield Children’s Hospital given his grave condition. The child was found to have suspicious bruising and an anoxic brain injury and was not expected to survive,” Hannah Boeck, Marathon County Assistant District Attorney explained during a probable cause hearing last month.
The baby died on Jan. 14.
During the probable cause hearing, Boeck said a skeletal survey showed 21 rib fractures in various stages of healing, along with bruising on the infant’s body.
" Dr. Iniguez said the injuries sustained by RDL would have been incapacitating,” Boeck said.
Boeck said Lofton was caring for the child while the mother ran errands. The woman told authorities the baby was fine and had eaten a bottle before she left. She came home to find the baby in his pack-and-play with one eye open, limp and groaning.
Friday, Marathon County Natalie Zibolski explained the baby’s cause of death was blunt-force trauma.
Lofton is scheduled to learn if his case will head to trial on Feb. 17.
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