CHIPPEWA FALLS — The 11-year-old Chippewa Falls girl accused of killing a six-month-old infant last fall returned to Chippewa County Court on Wednesday, speaking in court for the first time, where she answered questions directly from the judge overseeing the case.
Dunn County Judge James Peterson questioned her about her understandings of the proceedings. In a soft voice, the girl correctly stated that she is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, and believes she is facing up to 16 years in prison if convicted in adult court. However, she didn’t know what would happen if she waived her preliminary hearing. She replied with one- or two-word responses, usually “yeah” or “no,” to each of Peterson’s questions.