$1 million bond for teen accused of killing newborn daughter
MONROE, Wis. — The teenage father, accused of shooting and leaving his newborn baby in a wooded area, appeared in Green County Circuit Court for an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon.
A judge set bond at $1 million for Logan Kruckenberg-Anderson. The 16-year-old was charged with intentional homicide in adult court. News 3 Now is naming the teen since he is being charged as an adult.
The baby was born on Jan. 5 at a home in Albany and reported missing on Saturday, according to a criminal complaint. Authorities were told the baby was last seen with her father.
Kruckenberg-Anderson told detectives he and the baby’s mother agreed they could not keep their daughter and decided that he would drop the baby off somewhere, the complaint said.
Kruckenberg-Anderson initially told detectives he gave the baby to someone he met on Snapchat named Tyler, who lived in Brodhead. The baby’s mother also told detectives she believed someone named Tyler was taking the baby to an adoption agency in Madison.
During another interview, Kruckenberg-Anderson told detectives he took the infant to a wooded area and placed the naked baby in a fallen tree. The teen said he covered his daughter with snow knowing she would likely die from exposure to the elements, the complaint said.
The teen said he could hear his daughter crying as he walked away which caused him to break down and fall to his knees, the complaint said.
While searching in the wooded area, authorities found the baby and noticed she had a gunshot wound on her forehead. A spent shell casing was also found near her body, according to the complaint.
Upon further investigation and questioning, Kruckenberg-Anderson admitted to shooting his daughter twice in the head. According to the complaint, another shell casing was found in the backpack the teen told police he used to transport the baby to the wooded area.
Another juvenile told detectives Kruckenberg-Anderson gave him a gun on Friday. Authorities said the gun appears to be the one used in the shooting.
Officials said no other investigation details are available at this time.
Anyone with more information about the incident is asked to contact the Green County Sheriff’s Department at 608-328-9400.
Kruckenberg-Anderson was taken into custody on Monday. He is due back in court on Jan. 20.
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