Sheriff: 10-year-old says she stomped head of baby in panic


Police say a 21-year-old man allegedly killed three Wisconsin Girl Scouts and one of their mothers over the weekend when he ran off the road and struck the victims while they were cleaning trash along a highway.

The girl, who was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, appeared in court Monday morning.

The driver accused in the hit-and-run deaths of three Wisconsin Girl Scouts and one of their mothers is expected to be formally charged Tuesday morning.

Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said that the baby hit his head on a footstool and started crying, so she panicked and started stamping on his head. The suspect is now being held in the Chippewa County Jail on four counts of homicide while intoxicated.

Two small groups of Girl Scouts and their adult chaperones wore bright green safety vests on Saturday as they walked along both sides of the highway they had adopted as a community service project.

A 10-year-old girl was also injured. Police say he and his passenger, who is also in custody, said they'd been "huffing" or inhaling vapors from an aerosol cleaner before the crash, something prosecutors had argued in court.

"This is a disgusting 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.

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Schneider's daughter, 32-year-old Sara Jo Schneider, and granddaughter, 10-year-old Haylee Hickle, were killed along with 9-year-old Jayna Kelley and 10-year-old Autum Helgeson, both of Lake Hallie.

The hit-and-run suspect later admitted to law enforcement that he had been huffing chemicals before the deadly crash.

She said the district will have supports in place as long as students and staff may need them.

The surviving girl was hospitalised in Rochester in critical condition.

In a separate interview with The Associated Press, she said "Haylee would've never made it if she lost her mother".

Treu's attorney had asked for a $1,000 bond, but the judge set it at $250,000 - calling Treu a flight risk due to the extended jail time he faces.