A 33-year-old Haugen man is headed to trial in June on charges of causing the death of his 3-month-old daughter in 2017.
Curtis A. Strand, 310 W. Third St., is charged in Barron County Court with first-degree reckless homicide and resisting or obstructing an officer. The homicide charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. He pleaded not guilty last March. Strand also is now charged with bail jumping.
During a motion hearing on Friday, Barron County Judge J.M. Bitney ordered the district attorney’s office to provide additional discovery by March 1. Any motions must be filed by May 9.
Strand’s trial is set to begin June 17; it could last up to five days. A final pretrial date is on April 12.
Three-month-old Haeven Strand-Dostal “suffered a large fracture to the left side of her skull and as a result of that there was an injury to the brain,” which caused her death, according to Barron County Court records. Doctors advised law enforcement that “it was highly unlikely this type of injury occurred a long time ago and had gone unnoticed.”
Dr. A. Quinn Strobel from the Midwest medical examiner’s Office in Ramsey, Minn., examined Strand-Dostal’s autopsy and concluded “the manner of death was a homicide and the cause of death was anoxic encephalopathy due to blunt force head injury.”
According to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, the sheriff’s office responded to a call at Strand’s home on July 9, 2017, for a 3-month-old child who was not breathing. The child was flown to Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, where she was pronounced deceased on July 11.
Strand was the only person with the girl when authorities arrived at the home. Strand told authorities the infant had fallen off his knee to the floor. But doctors doubted his story, the criminal complaint states.
Strobel told law enforcement “that the degree of skull fracture required more velocity and acceleration because the degree of fracture that Haeven suffered and the resulting damage to the brain.”
Strand later admitted Strand-Dostal fell off a counter area in the kitchen and struck her head on a hardwood floor.
Strand told police he had a 50/50 custody arrangement with the girl’s mother but it was an informal agreement.
Under terms of his bond, Strand is required to stay in Wisconsin unless he obtains permission from the court, and he cannot have any unsupervised contact with minor children. Strand has no prior criminal record.