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Bail set in shaken baby murder case

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Mike Heine
November 9, 2007
— A man suspected of shaking his infant daughter to death has a juvenile criminal history that includes first-degree sexual assault, Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss said.

Jason H. Andritsch, 25, of 2178 Clark St., No. 7, East Troy, spent time in a juvenile detention center for the crime, Koss said at a bail hearing Thursday afternoon.


Andritsch is accused of shaking his 3 1/2-week-old daughter Oct. 7 at his apartment while the infant’s mother, Tiffany Mielke, stepped outside to dump the baby’s bathwater.


The baby, Naomi, died at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Oct. 13, one month after she was born.


The infant had suffered brain damage consistent with someone picking her up, squeezing and shaking her, according to a doctor cited in the criminal complaint.


An autopsy revealed broken ribs that had been healing for a week or two, according to the complaint.


Doctors said Naomi died from serious head injuries as a result of shaken baby syndrome, according to the complaint.


Andritsch denied intentionally harming Naomi but said he might have injured her by being “too rough,” according to the complaint.


Judge James Carlson on Thursday ordered Andritsch held on a $100,000 bond on the first-degree reckless homicide case, saying he considered Andritsch a flight risk because he faces 80 years in prison if convicted.


Andritsch also is in custody for violation of extended supervision that was part of his sentence on a 2001 bail jumping conviction. He had been sentenced to three years prison and five years extended supervision for violating a restraining order, according to court records.


He also has a conviction for petty theft stemming from a burglary investigation, according to records.


Andritsch will have a hearing Wednesday, Nov. 28, to determine if his extended supervision on the 2001 bail jumping case should be revoked. His preliminary hearing on the new reckless homicide case is set for Dec. 4.



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