UPDATE: Woman enters insanity plea in toddler's death

UPDATE: A Wisconsin woman is accused of killing a young girl in her care by giving her a combination of a prescription painkiller and allergy medication.

Amanda Butts

UPDATED Wednesday, September 11, 2013 --- 9:04 a.m.

WHITEHALL, Wis. (AP) -- A woman accused in the death of her boyfriend's young daughter has entered an insanity plea in Trempealeau County.

Amanda Butts was babysitting 22-month-old Alexis Behlke in June when the toddler stopped breathing. An autopsy showed the child died from a combination of oxycodone, a painkiller, an antihistamine, such as Benadryl, and an anti-depressant.

Prosecutors say Butts told police the child was whining and wouldn't sleep, so she gave the child drugs. The 22-year-old Butts was watching the child while her boyfriend was at work. WQOW-TV says Butts is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and three other felonies.

Butts' attorney, Thomas Bilski, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, July 29, 2013 --- 4:52 p.m.

OSSEO, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin woman is accused of killing a young girl in her care by giving her a combination of a prescription painkiller and allergy medication.

Twenty-two-year-old Amanda Butts of Osseo was charged Monday with first-degree reckless homicide.

Butts is charged in the death last month of 22-month-old Alexis Behlke, her boyfriend's daughter.

The La Crosse Tribune reports Butts initially denied giving the girl anything but children's Tylenol after bringing the girl to an Osseo hospital, where she was pronounced dead June 22.

According to the complaint, the girl had bruises and cuts on her face and forehead.

Butts was caring for the girl while her boyfriend was at work. She said the bruises were caused when she tried to remove a piece of peanut butter sandwich from her mouth.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 --- 8:10 p.m.

OSSEO, Wis. (AP) -- Osseo police have arrested a woman in the death of her boyfriend's 22-month-old daughter.

Officers on Thursday arrested the 22-year-old woman in Jackson County on suspicion of first-degree reckless homicide.

According to police, the woman found Alexis Behlke not breathing early on June 22. The girl was taken to a hospital in Osseo where she was pronounced dead.

The La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/1c7lctX ) reports the former Osseo woman was the girl's caregiver. She was arrested at her new home in Garfield.

Osseo Police Chief Timothy Wilson expects the woman will appear in court Monday. It's not clear when the Trempealeau County District Attorney's office will make a charging decision.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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