ALBANY, Wis. — The Green County District Attorney’s Office has charged a 16-year-old with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in connection to an infant’s death.
Authorities said Logan T. Kruckenberg-Anderson, the 16-year-old charged in the infant’s death, was the child’s father.
According to a criminal complaint, the child was born Jan. 5. On Saturday, a man reported that the father of his daughter’s newborn child took the baby after she was born and had not been seen since.
An initial investigation revealed that Kruckenberg-Anderson and the child’s mother agreed they could not keep the child, so they decided Kruckenberg-Anderson would get rid of it by dropping it somewhere. Kruckenberg-Anderson said he then took the infant to a wooded area where he put the naked child into a fallen tree before covering the child with snow, according to the complaint. Kruckenberg-Anderson said he left the infant there, naked and covered in snow, knowing she would die from exposure to the elements.
When investigating the area where the baby was found, law enforcement officials discovered a gunshot wound in the child’s forehead. Upon further investigation and questioning, Kruckenberg-Anderson admitted he shot the child in the head twice.
Officials said they found two fired rounds at the scene, a shell casing near where the child was found and another shell casing in the backpack Kruckenberg-Anderson said he used to carry the baby into the woods.
Kruckenberg-Anderson will be charged in court as an adult.
The Albany Police Department is leading the investigation, according to a news release. The Green County Sheriff’s Office, Green County District Attorney, Green County Child Protective Services, Green County Coroner’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation, DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Wisconsin K9 SOS Search and Rescue are all helping with the investigation.
Anyone with more information about the incident is asked to contact the Green County Sheriff’s Department at 608-328-9400.
Officials said no other details are currently available.