The teen father is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.
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In a horrific incident, one father from Wisconsin murdered his own child. According to People, 16-year-old Logan T. Kruckenberg-Anderson allegedly shot his infant daughter Harper and buried her body in the snow.
The complaint stated that the child's mother gave birth to the baby on 5 January 2021 in a bathtub at her home. The mother revealed that she and Kruckenberg-Anderson had initially planned to give away the child for adoption. Based on their plan, Kruckenberg-Anderson's friend Taylor, whom he had met on Snap chat would take Harper to an adoption agency in Madison.
Wisconsin Teen Charged for Shooting Baby Daughter and Burying the Newborn in the Snow https://t.co/MsHcsbjUtY— People (@people) January 15, 2021
However, the couple later decided to just "get rid of the infant by simply dropping it somewhere." In a statement given by Kruckenberg-Anderson, he told the police that he had initially given Tyler $60 to take Harper to the adoption agency.
After scraping the adoption plans, the teen father put little Harper in a backpack and left her mother's house. He walked blocks away from the house and then transferred the baby into a larger backpack.
"As Kruckenberg-Anderson left the residence he heard the infant child crying so he bounced up and down on his heals to sooth the infant," stated the complaint. He carried the baby to a "remote wooded area" in Albany and placed the naked baby "into a small area inside a fallen tree."
Initially, the teenager told the authorities that he placed the crying baby in the snow and walked away. He added that her cries caused "him to emotionally break down, fall to his knees, and cry." The complaint said, "Kruckenberg-Anderson stated that he knew that by leaving a nude infant child exposed and covered in the elements would likely cause the baby to die."
However, the teen's statements were proved wrong after police found the infant's body with gunshot wounds. On examining the child's body, A Wisconsin State Crime Lab employee stated that Harper was "likely alive or recently alive" when the teen covered her in snow.
Later, the teen admitted that he placed the baby in a snow-covered area in the tree and shot her twice in the head with a firearm.
Additionally, the authorities found a spent shell casing that matched with the one found in Harper in the teen's backpack. The complaint further alleged that a juvenile witness told the police that the teen gave him a firearm on 8 January 2021.
Kruckenberg-Anderson was then charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse by the Wisconsin Attorney General. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, he is being held at the Rock County Juvenile Detention Center on a $1 million bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 20 January 2021.