La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -
The father whose three-year-old child died last fall made his first appearance in a La Crosse County courtroom Thursday afternoon to face charges in the child's death.
30-year-old Dylan Bartsh faces the same charges as his girlfriend, 24-year-old Jaymie Rundle-party to the crime of Child Neglect Resulting in Death and Physical Abuse of Child.
His three-year-old daughter died after suffering a seizure October 28 in the couple's Holmen residence. Three days later the child died at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.
An autopsy showed the child died from physical abuse and an excess of sodium in her system. The doctor who performed the autopsy listed the death as a homicide.
Bartsh remains in the La Crosse County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond. He returns to court on March 4. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- UPDATE: Dylan Bartsh is now in the La Crosse County Jail following his extradition hearing Wednesday in Winona County. He is scheduled to appear in La Crosse County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon.
We will have an update here on wxow.com following his appearance. ------------------ A Holmen woman is charged Wednesday for her involvement in the death of a three-year-old child.
In La Crosse County Circuit Court 24-year-old Jaymie Rundle was charged with Child Neglect Resulting in Death and Physical Abuse of Child. As of Wednesday afternoon, she is in the La Crosse County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond. She's scheduled to appear again in court on February 25.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called on October 28, 2014 to the home where Rundle and Dylan Bartsh to help first responders with a child having a seizure. The child was taken to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse where she died three days later.
The complaint stated that autopsy findings stated the child died from "fatal child abuse due to a number of contributing factors" It then lists some of those factors as "multiple blunt trauma injuries of varying ages of healing on multiple parts of the (child's) body", along with evidence of chronic malnutrition and dehydration. The findings also pointed to an excess amount of sodium salt in the child's system that "contributed significantly to her illness and death. Given the amount of sodium required to achieve this markedly elevated concentration, it is unlikely the decedent would have willingly ingested it. Dr. Tranchida cannot rule out the forced ingestion of table salt with the presence of lacerations of the child's oral mucosa and contusions of the oral mucosa, cheeks, and jawline."
The other person arrested in connection with the child's death is her father, 30-year-old Dylan Bartsh. He made a court appearance Wednesday in Winona County where he was jailed following his arrest at his residence in Altura, Minnesota. During the hearing, he waived extradition back to Wisconsin to face charges similar to those of Rundle.
No date was listed in court records for an appearance for Bartsh in La Crosse County.
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