Prairie Du Chien man accused of causing the death of a 3-year-old boy appears in court

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) – A  Prairie Du Chien man accused of causing the death of a three-year-old boy appeared Thursday in Crawford County Court.

Chase Harville, 29, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide.

According to authorities who testified in court on Thursday, Harville was home alone with the boy when the incident happened earlier this month.

When the boy snuck into the kitchen to grab some cookies Harville came up from behind, grabbed him, and set him on the couch; telling him he needed to ask for permission.

The boy started whining, which is when Harville grabbed him by the hair and attempted to throw him onto the couch.

He missed, smashing the boy’s head against the floor, and ripping out a patch of his hair.

The boy did not receive any medical attention and eventually became unresponsive.

Harville told the boy’s mother that it was an accident, that the boy hit his head while roller-skating around the house.

Hours later authorities were able to get the boy to a nearby hospital, but he was pronounced dead an hour later.

The autopsy shows the boy died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Harville ran away before police arrived at the home, but was found in some woods behind the home later that same day.

His next court appearance is on August 11th.

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