New London man convicted in toddler death

John Brush (New London Police Department)

WAUPACA - A New London man was convicted Tuesday in connection with the death of a 3-year-old child.

John Brush, 35, pleaded no contest to first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Seven other counts, including reckless homicide, were dismissed, according to online court records.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 20.

Prosecutors will cap their recommendation at 10 years in prison, although that is not binding on Judge Vikci Clussman. The maximim sentence would be 12 years, six months in prison.

According to the complaint:

New London police responded to New London Family Medical Center June 14, where the child was transported. The child's mother said she left her son in the care of Brush, her boyfriend. Brush told her the child fell down the stairs. The child died June 25.

Autopsy results show the child died from blunt force trauma not consistent with such a fall, however.

"None of Brush's multiple explanations of the cause of injuries to the child are consistent with expert medical opinions, and the child could not have received life threatening injuries in the manner described by the only person present with him when the injuries occurred," the complaint states.

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