Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

10-year-old charged in infant's death

10-year-old charged in infant's death

Authorities identified the girls as 9-year-old Jayna Kelley and 10-year-old Autum Helgeson, both of Lake Hallie, and 10-year-old Haylee Hickle, from the Town of Lafayette.

All members of the group - seven children and five adults - "were in the ditch, not on the pavement or gravel shoulder at the time of the crash" and were "wearing green highly visible safety vests", police said. Judy Schneider said her 6-year-old grandson doesn't understand that they're gone.

Lake Hallie Police Sergeant Daniel Sokup said Mr Treu's black Ford F-150 ute crossed a lane and veered into a roadside ditch, striking the victims.

Another girl who was struck is still hospitalized but is now in stable condition.

The fatal incident was similar to one in September, when Treu crashed his vehicle and police found methamphetamine and THC in it, Newell said in court.

The youngster, who can not be identified because of her age, appeared before Chippewa County Circuit Court on Monday - an adult court - because of the severity of the allegation. That was at about 3:40 p.m. October 30.

Treu and his passenger, who also turned himself in, allegedly told police that right before the crash they "had been intentionally inhaling chemical vapors," also known as "huffing".

The woman was the mother of one of the girls killed Saturday, police said.

Colten R Treu has been arrested and confined in the Chippewa County Jail on 4 counts of Homicide by Negligent Use of a Motor Vehicle, 5 counts of Hit and Run and 4 counts of Homicide while intoxicated (use of inhalants). The 21-year-old driver, Colten Treu of Chippewa Falls, sped off but later surrendered. They quickly settled on the girl as the prime suspect, said Chippewa County Sheriff James Kowalczyk. He says Treu does not yet have an attorney.

According to the charges, deputies followed the fluid trail to a home in Chippewa Falls, which belonged to Treu and another man.

The criminal complaint says that he told police he and his passenger - who has not been charged - were sniffing a computer keyboard cleaner he had bought at Walmart.

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