Wisconsin child struck, killed

Local teen faces charges after allegedly assaulting officer

Wisconsin authorities are continuing their investigation today into the death Tuesday of a 4-year-old St. Croix County child while charges are pending against a Stillwater teenager after the intoxicated youth allegedly assaulted a police officer late Saturday.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the 1000 block of 238th Avenue in Star Prairie about noon Tuesday about a report of a child struck by a vehicle.

The unidentified victim was taken to Westfield’s Hospital in New Richmond, where the child was pronounced dead.

Preliminary information in the case indicates that a family member of the victim was plowing snow when the child was struck, according to a SCCSO news release.

Meanwhile, the Washington County Attorney’s Office is considering charges of fourth-degree assault, obstruction of the legal process with force and minor consumption against a 14-year-old boy Stillwater Police officers found staggering and appearing intoxicated in the 1300 block of Greeley Street about 11 p.m. Saturday.

An incident report said an officer approached the teenager after the boy fell on the sidewalk. Reports added that the boy smelled of alcohol and would not answer the officer’s questions.

The teenager became more combative, trying to pull away when the officer was taking the boy to a squad car. The officer eventually pinned the 6-foot, 200-pound teenager against the squad car to hold him there, according to reports.

As the officer pinned the teenager to the car, the boy allegedly head-butted the officer, according to a report. The officer then threw the teen to the ground and sat on top of him while calling for backup, the report said.

The report said the teenager kept trying to throw the officer off of him and it took several officers to restrain the teenager.

After the teenager was restrained, officers searched his backpack and found a glass pipe with marijuana residue. The boy was taken to jail, but refused admittance because the facility does not take intoxicated juveniles at the facility, the report said.

Officers then decided to follow the ambulance the teenager was in case the boy became combative, the report said. The ambulance changed routes and went to Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul after the teenager’s condition worsened, the report added.

When officers arrived at the Children’s emergency room, the teenager was combative again and restrained and sedated by hospital security, the report said.

The report added that when the teenager’s mother arrived at the hospital, hospital staff told her they suspected some sort of narcotic was in her son’s system. Tests showed the boy’s blood-alcohol content at .198, but did not indicate what drug was in his system.

In a less serious incident involving juveniles last weekend, a Stillwater resident told officers that five juveniles twice rang her doorbell and ran, with one juvenile pulling down his pants and “mooning” her when she answered the door the second time.

The woman also claimed the group threw what she believed were eggs at her home.

Reports said officers tracked a teen who mooned the homeowner to Heritage Square Park, told him to call his friends who arrived at the park and then called a mother who picked the children up from the park.

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