Chippewa Falls father reflects on 6-month-old son, calling him the 'happiest boy ever'

November 19, 2018 09:36 PM

Nate Liedl has many praises for his six-month-old son, Jaxon.

"He was the happiest boy ever," Liedl said. 


Liedl was considering to let go of his dream of becoming a father. But then, Jaxon came along. 

"I had waited 37 years to be the father of a little baby boy," he said.

Jaxon Hunter died on Nov. 1 from what doctors say blunt force trauma to the head. The cause of death was ruled as not an accident. 
Liedl is still in shock.

"You're not going to expect what happened to happen," he said.

Liedl said he found out about the incident when he was driving out to the daycare to pick his son up. When he approached the daycare, he noticed an ambulance was in the driveway. 

"And it's one of those [things] where you don't want anybody to be hurt, but especially you don't want it to be your own," Liedl said. 

Liedl told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Jaxon was napping at his Tilden daycare when a ten-year-old foster child living at the home returned from school. While the other children were playing outside, the girl went in to get something and picked up the baby. 

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Somehow, he started crying. 

Prosecutors say the girl caused purposeful harm to the baby's head to get him to stop. In an interview with investigators, she admitted to intentionally causing the trauma that would end Jaxon's life.

After two days at Gillette Children's Hospital, doctors told Liedl there was nothing more they could do. Liedl never stopped believing his son was going to be okay.

"But even then I still was hoping that he's gonna... he's gonna open his eyes. He's still going to come out of this," Liedl said. "I just sat there holding his hand and just staring at him for the whole while."

Liedl showed heavy emotion when discovering that his son had passed. 

"[The doctor] grabbed her stethoscope and put it on [Jaxon's] chest and I just buried my head down. Because then I knew he had passed was probably the hardest moment of my life," he said.

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It's been two weeks without that smile and laugh. And even though Jaxon's life was short, Liedl said he was happy.

"Let people see him how he was in his jumper and how he had the greatest smile," Liedl said. 

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