Osseo Resident Sentenced to 40 Years for First Degree Reckless Homicide and Child Abuse -- Intentionally Causing Bodily Harm

Dec 11 2014
Osseo Resident Sentenced to 40 Years for First Degree Reckless Homicide and Child Abuse -- Intentionally Causing Bodily Harm
 

MADISON — Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen and Trempealeau County District Attorney Taavi McMahon have announced that Amanda Butts of Osseo was sentenced today to a 40-year term of imprisonment on charges of first degree reckless homicide and child abuse -- intentionally causing bodily harm.   On August 25, 2014, Butts entered a guilty plea to the charge of first degree reckless homicide (Len Bias) and a no contest plea to the charge of child abuse -- intentionally causing bodily harm.  Trempealeau County Circuit Court Judge John A. Damon presided over the case.

 

With respect to the charge of first degree reckless homicide, Judge Damon imposed a term of imprisonment of 40 years, consisting of a 30-year term of confinement and a 10-year term of extended supervision.  With respect to the charge of child abuse -- intentionally causing bodily harm, Judge Damon imposed imposed a term of imprisonment of 10 years, consisting of a five-year term of confinement and a five-year term of extended supervision.  In addition, Judge Damon also ordered restitution and imposed several conditions of extended supervision.

 

According to the complaint, first responders transported Alexis Behlke (22 months old) to Mayo Health Systems-Oakridge in Osseo, where she was pronounced dead.  At the request of the Trempealeau County Coroner, Dane County Medical Examiner Dr. Vincent Tranchida, M.D., performed an autopsy.  Dr. Tranchida reported a number of injuries to Alexis Behlke’s person, noting that “while individually and in isolation, none of these findings are capable of causing death, their distribution and number is strongly consistent with assaultive, inflicted injury.”  Based upon a toxicology report, Dr. Tranchida concluded that Alexis Behlke died from an “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of oxycodone, diphenhydramine, and amitriptyline, with ensuing loss of consciousness, respiratory depression, apnea, coma, anoxic brain injury and ultimately death.”  Butts was babysitting Alexis Behlke in the hours preceding her death.  According to the complaint, Butts acknowledged providing Alexis Behlke with oxycodone.

 

The Osseo Police Department and the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case with assistance from the Trempealeau County Coroner, the Dane County Medical Examiner, the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s State Crime Laboratory, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, the Eau Claire Police Department, and the Chippewa Valley Child Advocacy Center.   District Attorney Taavi McMahon and Assistant Attorney General Donald Latorraca prosecuted the case for the State.  The Trempealeau County District Attorney’s Office provided victim services in the case.

 

Copies of the complaint and amended information are available at the following links:

 

Criminal Complaint

Amended Information