A daycare provider is accused of child neglect in La Crosse County.

A criminal complaint shows 44-year-old Heather Reed of Bangor, Wis. is facing one charge of neglecting a child – consequence is great bodily harm and an additional charge of day care provider fail/licensed.

According to the criminal complaint, on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, an officer was informed by a social worker that a child was at Gundersen Health System La Crosse with significant injuries.

The baby was taken to Gundersen where medical staff observed a bruise on the baby’s right forehead and cheek. CT scan results showed a skull fracture, however, the baby’s brain looked okay. The criminal complaint notes a skeletal survey was completed which showed a rib fracture, small fractures at the base of both femurs, and a fracture to the top of the baby’s left tibia.

The criminal complaint says the baby was seen again on Nov. 14, 2022 at Mayo La Crosse and a full skeletal exam was completed again. During this exam two additional rib fractures were observed.

According to the criminal complaint, authorities interviewed the parents of the baby, and the parents most likely thought the injuries happened at daycare. Based on interviews, it was determined the daycare provider of the baby, Heather Reed, may be a potential suspect.

An initial court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2023.

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