RHINELANDER - Ellen Tran, a 28-year-old Rhinelander woman, could now face up to 60 years in prison in the death of her 20-month-old stepson.
On Wednesday, Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek amended the charge against Tran from Second Degree Reckless Homicide to First Degree Reckless Homicide.
An autopsy showed 20-month-old Avery Edwards died of blunt force trauma to the head on April 14. Tran was watching the boy, and told police Edwards fell in the shower. But doctors treating Edwards thought it looked more like a child abuse case.
A conviction for Second Degree Reckless Homicide carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. The new charge, First Degree Reckless Homicide, is punishable by up to 60 years in prison.
Reached at the Oneida County Courthouse on Wednesday, Schiek declined comment on the amended charge.
Tran will return to Oneida County Court on October 17 for a pre-trial conference.
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CRANDON - The lawyer for Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Chair Chris McGeshick repeated that allegations of battery and false imprisonment are "absolutely false" at McGeshick's first court appearance in Forest County Wednesday.
McGeshick faces one felony count and two misdemeanor counts in Forest County Court.
A former tribal member told police McGeshick slammed him against a wall at the Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Offices in late June.
MILWAUKEE - Relatives of man who died of dehydration at the Milwaukee County jail last year have filed another federal lawsuit for his death.
The lawsuit filed Monday on the behalf of the estate of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas says he lost 34 pounds during the week he was left in his cell without water in April 2016. It's the second lawsuit his family has filed against Sheriff David Clarke, members of his staff, and the county.
UNION GROVE - The sheriff heading the investigation into the slayings of three Illinois men at a southern Wisconsin race track says a gunman shot two of the victims, followed the third as he tried to run away and shot him, then returned to the other two and shot them a second time.
At a news conference outside the Great Lakes Dragaway near Union Grove, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said Monday the man who killed the three Sunday night is still at large.
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