A teenage dad has allegedly told prosecutors he shot his five-day-old daughter in the head twice after placing her in a snow-covered tree.
Logan Kruckenberg-Anderson, 16, from Albany, Wisconsin in the US, was charged with first-degree homicide on Tuesday (local time) after investigators who were searching for his baby claim he led them to her body, NBC15 reports.
The infant, named Harper, was initially believed to have been missing.
The father of Kruckenberg-Anderson’s girlfriend called police on Saturday morning (local time) to say his daughter had given birth on January 5 in the bathtub at their home.
He said Kruckenberg-Anderson had taken the child from the house and he hadn’t seen his granddaughter since, the publication said, citing a complaint filed by investigators.
When first approached by officers, the 16-year-old allegedly told them he had given Harper to a friend named Tyler who he had met on Snapchat, the complaint said.
Police said he told them he paid Tyler $60 to take the child to an adoption agency and drop her off.
However, prosecutors claim Kruckenberg-Anderson later told them of his daughter’s death and led them to her body.
Teen allegedly confessed to placing baby in tree, shooting her
The teen allegedly confessed to placing Harper in a tree and walking away, believing she would die from exposure to the elements, the complaint said.
But when the newborn began crying, Kruckenberg-Anderson reportedly said he broke down in tears and fell to his knees.
The 16-year-old allegedly turned back and shot her in the head twice, killing her.
An autopsy later confirmed Harper had been alive when she was placed in the tree, NBC15 reported.
The child’s mother, who has not been named, allegedly told police the couple had decided they couldn’t keep Harper and needed to remove her form their lives.
Kruckenberg-Anderson is in jail with a bail set at $1.28 million. He will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on January 20.
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