Wausau father arrested in death of 3-month-old baby

Wausau police are recommending a reckless homicide charge against the father of a 3-month-old baby who died last week after suffering a brain injury.

The infant’s parents brought the child to Aspirus Wausau Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 9, authorities said. Because of the extent of the injury and age, the baby was transferred to Marshfield Children’s Hospital for specialized care.

A criminal investigation was launched because of the unexplained, life-threatening brain injury. The infant died of his injuries on Thursday, Jan. 14. The baby’s father was arrested the following day.

An autopsy is expected to be done Tuesday.

Wausau police have referred a preliminary charge of first-degree reckless homicide to the Marathon County District Attorney’s Office. A probable cause hearing is expected to take place Tuesday in Marathon County Circuit Court.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may result, officials said.