A Wisconsin father whose 6-month-old baby was killed when a 10-year-old girl stomped on his head at daycare says he wants her to be locked away like the criminal she is.
"I waited 37 years for my own little baby boy. I was extremely lucky because he didn't cry, no fussing, he was happy smiles all the time," Jaxon's father, Nate Liedl, told ABC7 News.
In October, little Jaxon was at Chippewa Falls daycare when the unidentified little girl assaulted him. The girl allegedly told police she dropped baby Jaxon and stomped on his head when he started crying.
When paramedics arrived at the daycare center, they found Jaxon unresponsive and bleeding from his head. Nate, who was unaware of the situation, arrived at the daycare center as Jaxon was being rushed away in an ambulance.
Liedl followed the ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was expecting his child to be fine.
However, everything changed when doctors began preparing Nate for the worst.
"They had mentioned what are we going to do if his heart stops, and it caught me completely off guard. I had sent a couple messages out to family to let them know that Jaxon's not going to make it. I remember, I broke down out there pretty bad. Yeah, it really hit hard," said Liedl.
On Nov. 1, Jaxon died.
Four days later, Nate faced the 10-year-old charged with Jaxon's death in Chippewa County adult court. He watched the girl sob as she was taken away in handcuffs. Liedl said his primary goal was to make her see him.
"As opposed to seeing it as a 10-year-old girl, I saw it as the person who killed my son. And she, in my opinion, deserved to be in shackles or handcuffs. She's a criminal," Liedl said.
Liedl said his time with his son was cut short from the beginning due to delays in his child custody process.
"Missing out on those first three months was hard enough. And then, to be granted only eight hours after that, I feel like they essentially robbed me of time with Jaxon," he said. "Now I'm not going to be able to get any of it back. If it helps one father get more time with their child, then that's good."
Despite the tragedy, Liedl does not blame the daycare provider for what happened.
The girl charged in Jaxon's death returns to court Dec. 11.
(Photo: ABC7 News)
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