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Sawyer County man stands trial in death of girlfriend's baby

A Sawyer County man accused of killing his girlfriend's 1-year-old son stood trial Monday in Hayward. Lonny Quagon, 32, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and child abuse in connection with the death of 1-year-old William Fowler Jr. P...

A Sawyer County man accused of killing his girlfriend's 1-year-old son stood trial Monday in Hayward.

Lonny Quagon, 32, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and child abuse in connection with the death of 1-year-old William Fowler Jr. Prosecuting attorney Thomas Van Roy told the jury Monday that Quagon admitted injuring the child on more than one occasion.

Van Roy says Quagon found the child not breathing on May 7, 2007, and alerted the baby's mother.

"She will tell you that the defendant would not look her in the eye," Van Roy said. "Desiree [the mother] will tell you that Lonny did not do anything but said he was sorry."

Later, Quagon told investigators he must have caused the baby's death, Van Roy said.

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"The defendant, Lonny Quagon, said, 'I don't care what happens if it's my fault, it's my fault, OK, I did it, all right, I don't know how I did it, it had to have happened when I picked him up.' "

The day the boy died, Quagon allegedly told investigators he became angry with the child and, while the child was on his stomach, he jerked him up by the arms.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael McGee performed the autopsy on the child.

He said the child died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries because of child abuse, and ruled the death a homicide.

"I think this is a battered-child case of child abuse. The child shows multiple injuries over multiple areas of the body, delivered over a period of time of varying age and severity, becoming increasingly severe and finally resulting in the child's death," McGee said.

Defense attorney Owen Williams opted not to deliver an opening statement.

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