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Stepmother charged in toddler’s death in Oneida County

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — The stepmother of a 1-year-old boy is charged in Oneida County with reckless homicide in the child’s death.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ellen Tran is being held on $50,000 cash bond in the death of Avery Edward. A criminal complaint says the toddler died of blunt force trauma to his head. The complaint says Tran told Avery’s father the boy fell in the shower. Avery was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital Friday and later flown to St. Joseph’s in Marshfield where he died.

Tran is charged with second-degree reckless homicide and appeared in Oneida County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Tran’s attorney told the judge they planned to file a motion seeking dismissal of the charge for lack of probable cause.

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