Tomah man sentenced to 11 years in connection with infant son’s death
SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — A Tomah man will spend the next six years in prison with five years of extended supervision for felony neglect of a child. Troy Tralmer, 30, pleaded guilty to the charge in September. He was also facing one count of first-degree reckless homicide, but that was dismissed by the prosecution as part of a plea agreement.
According to court documents, EMS responded to a home on County Highway M in Tunnel City on Nov. 5, 2015, for a 3-month-old child who was not breathing. Upon further examination, a doctor found the child, identified as CDT, had a skull fracture, retinal hemorrhage and subdural hematoma.
During the investigation, authorities reviewed health records, which indicated the baby’s mother had called a nurse advisor in October to say CDT was unusually sleepy and not acting like himself. When asked about this, Troy said that the baby had previously fallen off the back seat of his car onto the floorboard the day before the call. But doctors said in their professional opinion, the injuries were more significant than a fall and may have occurred due to a significant level of abusive head trauma.
Tralmer claimed that the baby was choking and spitting up milk, so he attempted to give CDT the Heimlich maneuver over his thigh, which is when he dropped the child. He also jostled CDT when he became unresponsive.
On Nov. 8, 2015, the child died due to his injuries sustained while under Tralmer’s care. An autopsy later found the child had multiple broken ribs that were in the stages of healing. A skull fracture on the back left side of the head and subdural bleeding were consistent with shaking.
“The defense knows that this wasn’t an accident, especially Mr. Tralmer, and that’s why he has accepted responsibility and is here before your honor today,” said Rebecca Coffee, a defense attorney, during the Wednesday hearing.
Once the 2015 case began, Tralmer’s ex-girlfriend came forward, claiming he had abused her daughter while they were dating.
The child told investigators that Tralmer was mad that she touched a camera, so he grabbed her by the legs, spun her around and let go, causing her to hit a kitchen corner. The child said it happened multiple times, but could only remember two in detail.
The then 9-year-old child said she was afraid of Troy and didn’t tell her mother because she was afraid of what he might do. The incident(s) happened sometime between Nov. 16, 2012, and Nov. 15, 2014.
“This was not a pattern of abuse either to Chad or to other children,” Coffee said.
The second case is being dismissed as part of the agreement and was instead read-in during the hearing. As part of the plea agreement, Tralmer also admitted to using marijuana while the baby was under his care.
“I should have never handled my son that way, the way that I did,” Tralmer said.
During the hearing in at the Monroe County Courthouse, Tralmer wiped away tears as he said he failed his son and would do anything to bring him back.
“My children will never know their older brother,” Tralmer said.
The district attorney said it was important for Tralmer to accept responsibility and ensure there would be a penalty, even if it was a compromise.
“But it was a compromise that held him accountable and got us a for sure result for the family of the victim, which we believed was important,” said Kevin Croninger, district attorney for Monroe County.
A number of family members spoke during the hearing, including Tralmer’s wife who defended him.
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