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Plover man charged with child abuse after girlfriend's baby suffered multiple seizuresSubmitted: 01/17/2017
STEVENS POINT - A baby in Portage County ended up in the hospital for seizures twice in three days last fall.  Police think the mother's live-in boyfriend may have shaken that baby.

Matthew Huettl, 25, pleaded not guilty to felony charges for first-degree reckless injury and child abuse in Portage County Court on Tuesday.


The 4-month-old boy's mother took him to the hospital on Sep.4 and Sep. 7 after the baby screamed uncontrollably, his eyes rolled back in his head, and the child's arms and legs were shaking.  The child vomited several times during each case.  

During the first trip to the hospital, doctors thought the child might have suffered a seizure due to fever from a double ear infection.

But after the Sep. 7 hospital trip, a CT scan showed bleeding in two parts of the child's brain.

Each time the boy suffered a seizure, the baby had been alone with Huettl.

Doctors' tests showed bleeding in the head that pointed to child abuse.  The tests revealed both pre-retinal and retinal bleeding.  The doctor said that's a common sign in a baby that's been shaken or suffered a severe blow to the head.

Doctors told police it's possible the child could have developmental issues due to his brain injuries.

Huettl was convicted of domestic battery in 2013.

He faces more than 40 years in prison if convicted. Huettl is due back in court in March.


Story By: Lane Kimble

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