Mom of 11-Year-Old Accused of Stomping Baby to Death Defends Her: ‘It Was an Accident’

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The mother of a now-11-year-old girl accused of dropping an infant and then stomping on his head to keep him quiet last year is speaking out, insisting that it was all a tragic accident. The incident happened last fall, when both the 6-month-old baby and the girl (then 10) were being cared for at a Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, day care center. Ever since, the unnamed girl has been held at a mental health facility under close watch. But now, her mother is defending her actions, claiming that they were in no way intentional.

  • It was nearly a year ago, on October 30, 2018, when the girl allegedly dropped baby Jaxon, who hit his head on a bar stool as he fell.

    As CafeMom reported last year, the 10-year-old was said to have panicked when the baby started to cry, and in an attempt to quiet him, she allgedly stomped on his head. 

    By the time police arrived, Jaxon was found unresponsive and bleeding from the head wound. Although he was quickly transported to Gillette Children's Speciality Healthcare in St. Paul, the baby was officially declared dead the following day, November 1.

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  • 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.

    She's one of the youngest people in the United States to be tried for the felony-level crime, reports Inside Edition. 

    At the time of the girl's trial, Jaxon's father, Nate Liedl, told CafeMom that he had no empathy for the girl and held her fully responsible for his son's death. 

    "As opposed to seeing it as a 10-year-old girl, I saw it as the person who killed my son," he said. "And she, in my opinion, deserved to be in shackles or handcuffs. She's a criminal."

  • But now, the girl's mother is speaking out on her daughter's behalf, claiming that she should not be punished for the accident.

    In an exclusive interview with Inside Edition on September 9, the girl's mother, who has also not been named publicly, insisted she knew that the violent act hadn't been done on purpose. She added that she felt the need to speak out because her daughter has been painted as something of a monster, when in truth, that's far from the reality. Instead, the mom described her as "beautiful, intelligent, [and] smart."

    As for what her daughter said happened on that fateful day last October? According to the mom, she said "that it was, just that it was an accident," the mother told Inside Edition. "And you know what? I believe my daughter.

    "At 10, your brain can't process half the stuff that me or you or anybody else can," she added.

    The mom explained that her daughter suffers from a mental illness, and although she had experienced suicidal thoughts, she was denied help because of her age. As a last resort, the family had placed her in a county-licensed program day care facility three times a week, which is where her life would be forever changed. 

    The mom also shared that she strongly believes if her daughter had received help, she "wouldn't have ever been there" and Jaxon's death "wouldn't have happened."

  • Since being charged with the crime, the girl has been held in the adult unit at Winnebago Mental Health Institute.

    For the first two months after her arrest, she was kept in a juvenile detention facility, before being transferred to the mental health institute.

    "She's the youngest person there," her mom said. "She's 11 years old with women 40 years old and over." 

    The facility is also four hours from home, requiring her mom to make long treks to and from just to visit her.

    "She wants to go home," her mom said.

    For now, the girl awaits her next court hearing, scheduled for October 11. She is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.