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Madison man pleads not guilty in 2-year-old girl’s death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A not-guilty plea has been entered for a Madison man accused of causing the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter under his care last month.

Twenty-five-year-old Joshua Gehde was silent Tuesday as the plea to first-degree reckless homicide was entered on his behalf by a Dane County judge.

A Madison police detective testified that a criminal complaint accurately conveyed the conclusions by the girl’s doctors that she suffered severe child abuse injuries.

According to the complaint, a UW child abuse expert identified bruises on the girl’s head, arms, shoulders, back and buttocks. The girl also suffered brain injuries and had evidence of bleeding within her spine.

Gehde told police he didn’t know how the girl suffered her injuries. The Wisconsin State Journal reports he remains in jail on $300,000 bail.

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