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La Crosse couple charged with abusing 3 year old headed to trial

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The La Crosse couple accused of abusing a 3-year-old child will stand trial.

Dustin Barnes and his girlfriend, Josie Dikeman, are both facing charges of causing mental harm to a child and child neglect.

Barnes' 3-year-old daughter had multiple fractures on her hands and feet, and had been losing weight and acting differently. According to the criminal complaint, doctors say the fractures did not appear accidental.


Both Barnes and Dikeman had not guilty pleas entered on their behalf Wednesday. Their cases will now go to trial.

If convicted, Barnes faces up to 28 1/2 years in prison. Dikeman faces 18 1/2 years.

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