Eau Claire, Wis., couple charged in 5-month-old's death; father admits throwing girl against wall; Father admits to throwing her at wall
By Andrew Dowd
Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire
Updated: 11/28/2010 12:00:19 PM CST
An Eau Claire couple waited nearly six hours before calling 911 after their 5-month-old daughter was thrown against a wall Tuesday night and shaken violently by her father, according to police.
The father, Tyreece Triplett, 19, is in the Eau Claire County Jail on felony charges of first-degree reckless homicide, child abuse and three misdemeanor charges. His bail was set at $500,000 cash during a Friday appearance before a county judge.
The girl's mother, Molly Campbell, 18, is scheduled to appear in court Monday to be formally charged with child neglect and a couple of other misdemeanors.
Emergency medical technicians resuscitated the baby girl early Wednesday morning, transported her by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and then airlifted the infant to Children's Hospital in St. Paul. The baby died Thursday.
According to the criminal complaint, Triplett told police he went over to Campbell's apartment and watched the baby while her mother went out about 11 p.m. Tuesday to pick up friends.
Within 10 minutes, the baby "freaked out," Triplett said, and he shook her, threw her against the wall and violently shook her crib with her in it, according to police.
When Campbell returned to the apartment, Triplett told her the baby had fallen off the couch. Campbell tried opening the baby's eyes, but only one would open at a time. Triplett described the baby as "out of it."
According to police, Campbell said she was alone Tuesday night and that the baby fell off the couch while she was caring for the infant. Campbell later told police that she feared what Triplett would do when police were called to her apartment the night the baby was injured.
Campbell faces a charge of party to the crime of bail jumping because Triplett had been in her apartment, even though his bail bond from a pending domestic abuse case did not permit him to see her or visit her home.
Triplett was charged Sept. 30 with misdemeanor domestic abuse charges of battery and disorderly conduct for allegedly punching and scratching Campbell's face Sept. 29.
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Damn punk a@@ POS..slam his head into concrete
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Answer by June_Mama09 at 12:03 PM on Nov. 30, 2010
I used to work in emergency communications. I took a call that was eerily similar to this, and it still haunts me. That baby was seven months old, and the father threw the baby against the wall, but told his girlfriend (the baby's mother) when she returned home that the baby fell off the bed. That baby died, too. Stories like this are beyond comprehension. I'm sure these men didn't mean to kill their babies, but they had no training in caring for infants, and obviously have huge anger and control issues. How heartbreaking for everyone.
Answer by jsbenkert at 12:08 PM on Nov. 30, 2010
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