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3-year-old child dies; Tomah man held on reckless homicide charge

TOMAH, Wis. (WXOW) – A Tomah man is in the Monroe County Jail after his arrest on several charges including reckless homicide.

Tomah Police released more information Monday afternoon in the death investigation that began Friday, May 3.

Chief Mark Nicholson said officers and emergency responders went to a home in Jodi Circle shortly before 6 p.m. for a medical call.  They began life-saving measures on the child. The child was transported to Tomah Memorial Hospital for additional medical procedures. The child, however, did not survive.

As the death investigation proceeded, information uncovered led officers to believe that child abuse was the cause of death of the child.

As a result of the investigation, they identified a suspect, Marcus W. Anderson, 34. Police found him in downtown Tomah and arrested him during what they called a high-risk vehicle contact.

He was taken into custody on charges of reckless homicide, Child abuse causing great bodily harm, felon in possession of a handgun, and four counts of felony bail jumping.

Preliminary information from an autopsy done Saturday in Madison on the child determined that “the victim suffered multiple blunt force trauma type injuries which resulted in death.”

Anderson appeared in Monroe County Circuit Court early Monday afternoon for a bond hearing.

At the appearance, Anderson was given a $750,000 cash bond by Judge Mark Goodman.

Anderson is scheduled to return to court July 1 where formal charges are filed against him.

Kevin Millard

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