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Girl to face adult charge in overdose death

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Ted Sullivan
March 10, 2010
— A 14-year-old Edgerton girl will be charged in adult court with first-degree reckless homicide in the Feb. 9 oxycodone overdose death of Alexander Aiken, 13, of Milton Township.

The girl was ordered held in the juvenile detention center Tuesday after appearing in Rock County Court. She is scheduled to appear in court at 4 p.m. Thursday on the adult charge.


She will remain in juvenile detention while in adult court because she isn’t 15 years old, Assistant District Attorney Dan Niedfeldt said.


Wisconsin Statutes dictate that children accused of homicide must initially be charged in adult court but can be waived to juvenile court, Niedfeldt said.


The girl has appeared in juvenile court since her Thursday arrest pending the filing of charges in adult court.


She is on probation for disorderly conduct. She also faces a juvenile charge for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


The girl is accused of taking oxycodone from her grandmother’s home and giving it to Aiken and a 13-year-old Edgerton boy staying overnight with Aiken that night, Rock County Sheriff’s Capt. Todd Christiansen said. Police said the 13-year-old boy took oxycodone with Aiken and went to the hospital the same day.


In court Tuesday, the boy was ordered released on home detention to his mother.


The boy faces a charge of disorderly conduct in juvenile court for swearing at teachers and the principal at Edgerton Middle School on Thursday before his arrest, Niedfeldt said.


He was arrested on a charge of possession of prescription medication, he said. The Rock County District Attorney’s Office has not decided whether to charge him for that crime.


The teens appeared in court on video from the juvenile detention center. Parents of both teens and Aiken also were in court.


The mother of the girl told the judge she was promised her daughter would be waived back to juvenile court at a future date as part of a plea agreement. Niedfeldt said plea negotiations were ongoing.


The mother of the boy told the judge she wanted her son home. She said she would make sure an adult is always with him.


The boy won’t be allowed to leave home without an adult except to attend school. He also can’t have friends over or talk to friends on the phone.


The boy is scheduled to be in court at 2 p.m. Thursday.


The girl was expelled in 2009 for bringing 27 half tablets of oxycodone to school, officials said.


The girl and boy were dating when Aiken died. Both teens were Aiken's friends.



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