UPDATE: Wis. Teen Gets Probation After Arrow Accident

UPDATED Monday, December 17, 2012 --- 12:24 p.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- A Fond du Lac County teen convicted of shooting an arrow that pierced a 7-year-old girl in the back has been sentenced to three years of probation.

Seventeen-year-old Casey H. Bennett of Campbellsport pleaded no contest Monday to a felony count of injury by negligent use of a weapon and a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer.

Bennett told authorities he was shooting at squirrels in May when a stray arrow hit 7-year-old Aryanna Schneeberg in the back. Prosecutors say he initially denied shooting the arrow, and that he didn't come forward because he was scared.

Doctors said the girl was lucky to be alive after the arrow sliced through her spleen, stomach, diaphragm and lung before stopping at her liver.

A message left with Bennett's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

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UPDATED Monday, December 17, 2012 --- 9:22 a.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- The Campbellsport teen accused of shooting an arrow that struck a 7-year-old girl in the back is expected to enter a plea.

Seventeen-year-old Casey H. Bennett is scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing Monday in adult court. He's charged with a felony count of second-degree reckless injury and a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer.

Bennett told authorities he was shooting at squirrels in May when a stray arrow hit 7-year-old Aryanna Schneeberg in the back. Prosecutors say the teen initially denied shooting the arrow, and that he didn't come forward because he was scared.

Schneeberg was playing outside her Campbellsport home. Doctors said she was lucky to be alive after the arrow sliced through her spleen, stomach, diaphragm and lung before stopping at her liver.

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UPDATED: Friday, September 21, 2012 --- 3:11p.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has ordered a Fond du Lac County teenager to stand trial on charges he shot a young girl with an arrow.

Sixteen-year-old Casey Bennett was in adult court Friday for his preliminary hearing. Bennett is charged with second-degree reckless injury and obstructing an officer.

Bennett told authorities he was shooting at squirrels in May when an arrow hit 7-year-old Aryanna Schneeberg in the back. The girl was playing outside her Campbellsport home. She suffered serious injuries, but survived.

WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/OJsjAa) reports no date has been set for Bennett's next court appearance.

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UPDATED Tuesday, August 21, 2012 --- 11:31 a.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- A signature bond has been set for a Campbellsport teen accused of accidentally shooting a 7-year-old girl with a bow and arrow.

Sixteen-year-old Casey Bennett made his first appearance in adult court Tuesday. He's charged with second-degree reckless injury and obstructing an officer.

Bennett told authorities he was shooting at squirrels in May, when an arrow hit Aryanna Schneeberg in the back while she was playing outside her home. Doctors at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin said the girl was "lucky to be alive" after the arrow sliced through her spleen, stomach, diaphragm and lung before stopping at her liver.

WLUK-TV says a judge in Fond du Lac County set a $50,000 signature bond for Bennett, whose case was moved from juvenile to adult court.

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UPDATED Friday, August 3, 2012 --- 5:10 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors in Fond du Lac County have charged a 16-year-old boy accused of shooting an arrow that struck a little girl in the back with a felony.

Casey Bennett of Campbellsport faces one felony count of second-degree reckless injury and a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer.

Investigators wrote in a criminal complaint filed Friday that Bennett first said he didn't know who shot the girl. Later, though, he said he was trying to hit a squirrel, missed and heard a girl scream.

Seven-year-old Aryanna Schneeburg was playing outside on May 20 when she was hit in the back. Doctors said she was lucky she survived.

A judge waived Bennett into adult court on Thursday. Online court records didn't list a defense attorney.

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UPDATED Thursday, August 2, 2012 --- 7:20 a.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting an arrow that hit a Campbellsport girl will face charges in adult court.

A Fond du Lac County judge has agreed to waive the boy into adult court. District Attorney Dan Kaminsky says he's preparing criminal charges against the teen.

Seven-year-old Aryanna Schneeberg was playing outside her home when she was hit in the back by an arrow fired from a compound bow May 20. Doctors at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin said Aryanna was "lucky to be alive" after the arrow sliced through her spleen, stomach, diaphragm and lung before stopping at her liver.

The Reporter (http://fondul.ac/MSLYNh ) says the teen initially denied shooting the arrow, but later told investigators he was aiming for squirrels and didn't come forward because he was scared.

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UPDATED Sunday, June 10, 2012 --- 5:44 p.m.

FOND du LAC, Wis. (AP) -- The Fond du Lac County district attorney wants to charge a teen as an adult for allegedly shooting an arrow that struck a 7-year-old.

According to the Fond du Lac reporter, the 16-year-old Campbellsport boy faces second-degree reckless injury and obstructing charges for the May 20 incident.

Sheriff Mick Fink says the teen told police he was shooting at a squirrel and then heard a child scream. He says investigators determined the arrow was fired from a deck at an apartment complex around 80 yards from where Aryanna Schneeberg was struck. The girl is recovering at home.

District Attorney Dan Kaminsky says he has petitioned to try the teenager as an adult. He says a judge will decide the matter at a future court date.

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UPDATED Friday, June 1, 2012 --- 10:25 a.m.

From NBC15's News Partner WLUK-TV in Green Bay:

FOND DU LAC - A 16-year-old Campbellsport boy has been arrested in connection with the case of a young girl who was shot in the back with an arrow.

Fond du Lac County officials say another 17-year-old Campbellsport boy was with the 16-year-old, but he hasn't been taken into custody yet.

Officials say the arrow was launched from about 80 yards away.

The boys tell officials they were trying to shoot a squirrel, and shortly after, heard a girl scream.

The boys say they were afraid of coming forward.

Aryanna Schneeberg, 7, was hit with the bow May 20. The arrow went through her liver, lung, diaphragm and spleen. She was released from the hospital earlier this week.

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 30, 2012 --- 5:10 p.m.

CAMPBELLSPORT, Wis. (AP) -- The reward fund is growing for information about who shot a 7-year-old Campbellsport girl with an arrow.

The Fond du Lac sheriff's office said Wednesday the reward has been increased to $10,000. It had started at $500.

WLUK-TV (http://bit.ly/LFZb4O) reports the reward increase was from donations from several Campbellsport residents as well as people from around Wisconsin.

Aryanna Schneeberg is now home after being released from the hospital. She had surgery to repair damage to her back, liver, lung, diaphragm and spleen.

Aryanna was shot in the back with the arrow while playing with friends outside her home on May 21.

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 29, 2012 --- 3:35 p.m.

CAMPBELLSPORT, Wis. (AP) -- A 7-year-old Campbellsport girl is now recovering at home after being shot in the back with an arrow last week.

Aryanna Schneeberg was shot May 21 while playing with friends outside her home. The girl was taken to a Fond du Lac hospital and then transferred to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/JyN1PK ) reports Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mick Fink interviewed Aryanna Tuesday to get a firsthand account of what happened that afternoon. The girl's mother, Laura Beth Schneeberg, says the sheriff said authorities were following a number of leads but had not made any arrests yet.

Aryanna spoke to the media from her front porch. She says the worst part was that the stitches itched and that she can't jump while she plays.

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Information from: WISN-TV, http://www.wisn.com

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 23, 2012 --- 1:33 p.m.

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) -- Fond du Lac County's sheriff is hoping reward money will draw out the person responsible for shooting an arrow that injured a young Campbellsport girl -- or at least someone who has substantial information.

Seven-year-old Aryanna Schneeberg is recovering from internal injuries at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. She was shot in the back while playing with friends outside her home Sunday afternoon.

Sheriff Mick Fink said Wednesday the bow and arrows of a neighbor have been sent to the state crime lab for analysis after the man consented to a search of his property. Fink says investigators need to know who fired the arrow, but at this point they don't. The sheriff's department is offering a $500 reward for information leading to a "successful resolution" of the case.

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UPDATED Wednesday, May 23, 2012 --- 6:30 a.m.

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) -- The surgeon who removed an arrow from the body of a 7-year-old says the Campbellsport girl is "very lucky to be alive."

Dr. John Densmore says if there had been a difference in the trajectory of the arrow by less than an inch, it could have been "a very bad outcome."

Aryanna Schneeberg was airlifted to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Sunday afternoon after she was shot in the back by an errant arrow while playing with friends on the sidewalk outside her house.

Densmore says Aryanna suffered wounds to her left lung, diaphragm, spleen, stomach and liver. He says the girl is expected to be in the hospital another week or two.

The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/L6JCH3 ) reports a bow and arrows have been confiscated by authorities from a nearby home in Campbellsport.

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UPDATED Monday, May 21, 2012 --- 1:00 p.m.

CAMPBELLSPORT, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say the 7-year-old girl shot in the back with an arrow in Campbellsport is hospitalized in stable condition.

Fond du Lac County sheriff's officials say Aryanna Schneeberg is recovering at Children's Hospital in suburban Milwaukee where she had surgery to remove the arrow.

Sheriff Mylan "Mick" Fink said Monday the girl was on a sidewalk in Campbellsport when she was hit about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Fink says she was walking with two or three other girls.

Sheriff's Capt. Dean Will tells WFDL radio (http://bit.ly/KfCLun ) investigators canvassed the neighborhood and confiscated a bow, arrow and target from a residence about 70 to 80 yards away from where the girl was hit.

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Posted Monday, May 21, 2012 --- 8:25 a.m.

CAMPBELLSPORT, Wis. (AP) -- Fond du Lac County sheriff's officials say they don't yet know who fired an arrow that struck a 7-year-old girl in the back.

Sheriff Myland "Mick" Fink said Monday the girl was on a sidewalk in Campbellsport when she was hit about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. She was taken to St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, then transferred to Children's Hospital in suburban Milwaukee.

Fink says investigators will track the arrow backward as they try to find out who shot it. The sheriff says he doesn't believe there's a threat to public safety because of the incident. He says there are no archery ranges in the area where the girl was hit, and that it's mainly a residential neighborhood.

The girl's identity and condition have not been released.

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