Charges filed in hit-and-run that killed 4 in Wisconsin

Man Accused of Killing 3 Girl Scouts and an Adult to be Charged with 4 Counts of Homicide Through Negligent Use of Vehicle

Man Was 'Huffing' Just Before Crash That Killed 3 Girl Scouts and Adult

A 10-year-old girl charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of a 6-month-old baby told investigators that she panicked after dropping the infant, and stomped on the child's head to stop the crying, according to a sheriff in western Wisconsin.

After interviewing an adult and three children at the center, the girl, who the newspaper declined to identify by name because of her age, was arrested.

The girl appeared in court on Monday.
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During her bond hearing, the girl in a "colorful striped skirt, a black hoodie and pink sneakers" was sobbing as the charges were described to her, the Star Tribune reported.

The 11 charges filed against Colten Treu include four counts of vehicular homicide and four counts of a hit-and-run resulting in death.

It's been a long weekend for the community of Chippewa Falls after 3 Girl Scouts and one mother were killed in a hit-and-run Saturday morning.

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The local Girl Scout group consisted of 12 persons (5 adults and 7 children) who participating in a highway cleanup project. Another 10-year-old remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Kowalczyk said it has been a challenging couple of days for his office, between investigating this case as well as the four deaths in a auto crash Saturday in Lake Hallie. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

Authorities say 9-year-old Jayna Kelley, 10-year-old Autumn Helgeson, 10-year-old Haylee Hickle and her 32-year-old mother, Sara Jo Schneider, died after a truck hit them while they were picking up trash along a road in Lake Hallie.

Lake Hallie police said the 21-year-old pickup driver, Colten Treu, and a passenger told investigators they had been huffing just before striking the Girl Scout troop. Authorities took the girl away from her biological parents in September and placed her in foster care with the family that operates the daycare. Her family said getting the police involved went too far.

In court, Newell said a medical pathologist believed the baby's injuries were consistent with a fall and the tread marks on his head matched those of the suspect's shoes.

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