Wausau man pleads not guilty in infant son’s murder
WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -The 39-year-old Wausau man accused of causing his infant son’s death has pleaded not guilty to first-degree intentional homicide and five additional misdemeanors.
Ronnie Lofton was initially charged with first-degree reckless homicide, however, those charges were later upgraded according to online court records.
An investigation began on Jan. 9 after the 3-month-old boy was bought to the hospital by his mother.
“The child was immediately transported to Marshfield Children’s Hospital given his grave condition. The child was found to have suspicious bruising and an anoxic brain injury and was not expected to survive,” Hannah Boeck, Marathon County Assistant District Attorney explained during a probable cause hearing in January.
The baby died on Jan. 14.
During the probable cause hearing, Boeck said a skeletal survey showed 21 rib fractures in various stages of healing, along with bruising on the infant’s body.
" Dr. Iniguez said the injuries sustained by “RDL” would have been incapacitating,” Boeck said.
Boeck said Lofton was caring for the child while the mother ran errands. The woman told authorities the baby was fine and had eaten a bottle before she left. She came home to find the baby in his pack-and-play with one eye open, limp and groaning.
Prosecutors said the baby’s cause of death was blunt-force trauma.
Lofton remains in the Marathon County Jail on $250,000 cash bond.
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