Wisconsin teen charged with killing infant daughter in woods

Girlfriend had baby, named Harper, in a bathtub, criminal complaint says

Logan T. Kruckenberg-Anderson, 16, top right, appears by video conference in Green County, Wis. Circuit Court on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 with Circuit Judge Thomas Vale, top left, Assistant District Attorney Laura Kohl and assistant state public defender Guy Taylor. Prosecutors say Kruckenberg-Anderson has admitted fatally shooting his newborn daughter and leaving her body inside a fallen tree in the woods in southern Wisconsin. Logan Kruckenburg-Anderson is charged as an adult with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. (Wisconsin Circuit Court Access/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
Logan T. Kruckenberg-Anderson, 16, top right, appears by video conference in Green County, Wis. Circuit Court on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 with Circuit Judge Thomas Vale, top left, Assistant District Attorney Laura Kohl and assistant state public defender Guy Taylor. Prosecutors say Kruckenberg-Anderson has admitted fatally shooting his newborn daughter and leaving her body inside a fallen tree in the woods in southern Wisconsin. Logan Kruckenburg-Anderson is charged as an adult with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. (Wisconsin Circuit Court Access/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

MONROE, Wis. – A 16-year-old boy has admitted fatally shooting his newborn daughter and leaving her body inside a fallen tree in the woods in southern Wisconsin, according to prosecutors.

Logan Kruckenburg-Anderson, of Albany, is charged as an adult with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. He's being held on $1 million bail following a hearing this week in Green County Circuit Court in Monroe.

His public defender did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

According to a criminal complaint, the teen took the infant shortly after she was born Jan. 5 to a wooded area in Albany, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) southwest of Milwaukee, placed her inside a fallen tree and shot her twice in the head.

The complaint says Kruckenburg-Anderson's girlfriend gave birth to the child, whom she named Harper, in a bathtub at her home in Albany.

Prosecutors said the couple decided they could not keep the baby and talked about several options, including dropping her off at a local fire station or placing her up for adoption, the State Journal reported.

They agreed that Kruckenberg-Anderson would get rid of the infant simply by dropping her somewhere, according to authorities. Several days later the girlfriend's father called police to report that Kruckenberg-Anderson had taken the child and the baby had not been seen since.

Kruckenberg-Anderson was arrested Sunday after telling investigators where he left the child. A preliminary hearing will be held on Jan. 20.