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

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

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

"This is a frightful reminder of our nations epidemic of self-indulging with substance abuse without regard of the consequences", Lake Hallie Police Chief Cal D. Smokowicz said in a statement Monday.

Chippewa County sheriff James Kowalczyk said the girl who was holding the baby dropped him, hitting his head on a footstool in the process, as per report. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

Lake Hallie police say 9-year-old Jayna Kelley and 10-year-old Autum Helgeson, both of Lake Hallie, were killed in the Saturday morning collision.

Deputies say the 10-year-old confessed to her involvement in a November 2 interview.

Stay with WEAU 13 News for this developing story.

The girl appeared in a Wisconsin courtroom Monday, where her bond was set at $50,000 cash. This traffic crash resulted in the death of 4 members of a Girl Scout Troop. When the two on duty Lake Hallie Officers arrived on scene, they learned that a black pickup truck struck 5 pedestrians and fled the scene.

"On the way back, they were huffing the air duster and the passenger noticed as they were coming down Highway P, that there were people on the side of the road and noticed a vehicle was veering towards that side of the road", the prosecutor said.

The children were all fourth graders at Halmstad Elementary School and Southview Elementary School in nearby Chippewa Falls, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Minneapolis.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram is not identifying the girl because of her young age and the likelihood the case will be transferred to juvenile court. The driver, Colten Treu, sped away, but later surrendered to authorities. She was in stable condition Monday at a hospital.

Schneider said her daughter, granddaughter and grandson moved in with her a couple of years ago and they expected the house in the Town of Lafayette to be their "forever home".

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.

According to the charges, deputies followed the fluid trail to a home in Chippewa Falls, which belonged to Treu and another man.

The criminal complaint says that he told police he and his passenger - who has not been charged - were sniffing a computer keyboard cleaner he had bought at Walmart.

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