GREEN COUNTY, Wis. — Warning: Due to the violent nature of some of the details disclosed below, reader discretion is advised.
A 16-year-old Wisconsin father is facing a first-degree homicide charge after prosecutors say he placed his newborn daughter inside a fallen tree before shooting her twice in the head.
A criminal complaint filed Tuesday detailed, in Logan Kruckenberg-Anderson’s own words, what the teenager told investigators about his infant daughter’s death.
According to the complaint, Kruckenberg-Anderson told police that he placed the child, who had been named Harper, naked in a snow-filled tree in a wooded area near Albany. He also admitted to investigators that he knew the baby, whom he covered with snow, would likely die of exposure, WMTV reported.
Although Kruckenberg-Anderson told investigators he could still hear the child crying as he left – causing him to lose his footing and drop to his knees crying – a member of the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratories determined after examining the body that the baby was likely alive – or had been recently – when she was placed in the tree, the TV station reported.
When confronted with forensic evidence during a follow-up interview, Kruckenberg-Anderson admitted to having shot the infant twice in the head before walking away, and an autopsy confirmed Harper was alive when she was shot, WMTV reported.
In addition to the homicide charge, Kruckenberg-Anderson is also charged with hiding the corpse of a child, TMJ4 reported.
Kruckenberg-Anderson, who is being charged as an adult, is facing the possibility of a life sentence, the TV station reported.
According to the criminal complaint, authorities were contacted by an Albany resident on Sunday who stated that his daughter had given birth in a bathtub on Jan. 5, but no one had seen the child since Kruckenberg-Anderson took her from the home immediately following the birth, WMTV reported.