Trigger warning: baby death, violence
The mother of the 11-year-old girl accused of dropping a baby and then stomping on his head insists that it was an accident. Both the mother and the girl remain anonymous.
The incident occurred last October at a daycare center in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. According to reports, the girl became upset when the baby, identified as Jaxon, began to cry after she dropped him and he hit his head on a stool. In an alleged attempt to quiet the baby, who was six months old at the time, the girl stomped on his head.
When police arrived, Jaxon was unresponsive and bleeding from a head wound. He was then transported to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, where he was officially declared dead on the following day, November 1. The girl, who has not been named publicly because she's a minor, was taken into custody and charged with first-degree homicide with intent. Since then, she’s been held at a mental health facility.
One of the youngest people in the United States ever to be tried for a felony, the girl has received no sympathy from the baby’s father, Nate Liedl, who has said, "As opposed to seeing it as a 10-year-old girl, I saw it as the person who killed my son. And she, in my opinion, deserved to be in shackles or handcuffs. She's a criminal."
Now, the girl's mother has decided to speak out on her daughter's behalf, saying she should not be punished for the crime. In an interview with Inside Edition on this week, the girl's mother insisted that her daughter’s actions had been unintentional, adding that her child isn’t a monster, but rather "beautiful, intelligent, [and] smart."
The mother says that her daughter suffers from a mental illness but has been unable to receive the help she needs. She was placed in a county-licensed program at a daycare facility for treatment, which is where she encountered the baby. The mother believes that if her daughter had received help, she "wouldn't have ever been there" and the baby's death "wouldn't have happened."
The girl is currently in the adult unit at Winnebago Mental Health Institute. "She's the youngest person there," her mother said. "She's 11 years old with women 40 years old and over. She wants to go home. The girl’s next court hearing is scheduled for October 11. In the meantime, she is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.