A teen boy who claimed he “hid his baby in a tree and covered her in snow” because he couldn’t care for the newborn has been charged with murder.
Logan T Kruckenberg-Anderson, 16, is accused of killing his daughter Harper, who was born on January 5, at a home in the village of Albany in Wisconsin.
According to the criminal complaint viewed by The US Sun, the baby’s maternal grandfather contacted police on January 9 to report that his daughter had given birth a few days prior but the baby hadn’t been seen since being taken by the baby’s father, Mr Kruckenberg-Anderson.
When authorities found Mr Kruckenberg-Anderson, the teen told investigators he gave the child to a friend named Tyler, court papers allege.
That story later turned out to be false, police have claimed.
On January 10, authorities found the baby dead.
The criminal complaint states that Mr Kruckenberg-Anderson eventually revealed that he and the baby’s mother came to an agreement that they were unable to care for the infant, according to the complaint.
“(The pair) could not keep the infant child and decided that they needed to do something to not have the child in their life,” the complaint reads.
“Kruckenberg-Anderson and (the baby’s mother) discussed several options such as dropping the child off at the local fire department or transporting the child to Madison and drop her off at an ‘adoption place’.”
The baby’s mother believed that Mr Kruckenberg-Anderson was following through on this agreement when he left with their baby, according to court papers.
He allegedly then made plans to get rid of the infant himself, the complaint states.
The suspect allegedly said he put the baby, who wasn’t wearing any clothing at the time, in a backpack, went into the woods and hid her inside a fallen tree before covering her with snow.
He said the baby cried as he walked away, the complaint says.
Mr Kruckenberg-Anderson led authorities to the infant on January 10.
Autopsy results revealed that the baby had been shot in the head.
When presented with evidence, the teen allegedly admitted that he shot the infant twice.
Mr Kruckenberg-Anderson has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in connection with the little girl’s alleged murder.
Mr Kruckenberg-Anderson will be tried as an adult.
This article originally appeared on The US Sun and was reproduced here with permission