A 10-YEAR-old girl accused of killing a baby by stomping on his head did not do so intentionally, her mum has claimed.
The girl, now 11, was charged as an adult with first-degree homicide – making her one of the youngest ever to be charged with such a serious crime.
She was just 10-years-old when she allegedly dropped Jaxon Liedl in October last year at a daycare centre in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, US.
Six-month-old Jaxon hit his head and started crying, panicking the girl who stamped on the baby to quieten him, prosecutors say.
His injuries proved to be fatal and the little boy was pronounced dead two days later.
The mum of the girl, who cannot be identified because of her age, has now spoken out to defend her daughter.
The mum argued that a 10-year-old does not process events in the same way as an adult[/caption]
“There is no way it was done in any type of intentional way,” she told Inside Edition.
When asked if she remembered anything her daughter told her, the mum replied: “That it was, just that it was an accident”.
She added: “And you know what? I believe my daughter.”
The mum argued that a 10-year-old does not process events in the same way as an adult.
She added that the girl suffers from mental illness and the family had tried to get her help prior to the incident, but she was denied because she was too young.
Instead, as a last resort, the family placed her in a county-licensed program at the day care centre, which is where she dropped the baby boy.
The mum said that if her daughter had got the help she needed, the girl “wouldn’t have ever been there” and the boy’s death “wouldn’t have happened.”
But Jaxon’s dad Nate believes the little girl is a “criminal” who deserves to be punished.
He told ABC7: “She, in my opinion, deserved to be in shackles or handcuffs. She’s a criminal.”
The girl is currently being held at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute which is four hours from home.
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She has been declared not competent to stand trial.
If she later is able to understand the circumstances in which she finds herself, officials say the case will resume.
Her next court hearing is October 11.
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