The man charged with the reckless homicide of a 3-year-old boy was convicted Tuesday.
John Brush, 36, New London, pleaded no contest Tuesday to first-degree reckless endangerment. Seven other charges, including reckless homicide, felony child abuse and felony possession of methamphetamine, were dismissed but read into the record for sentencing purposes.
Due to prior convictions, Brush will be sentenced as a repeat offender.
As part of a plea agreement, Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood has agreed to request that Brush be sentenced to no more than 10 years in prison.
Judge Vicki Clussman scheduled a July 20 hearing for Brush’s sentencing.
According to the criminal complaint, Brush called the child’s mother less than 30 minutes after she left him alone with the boy on Sunday, June 14. Brush told her the child was not breathing and she rushed back to New London from Appleton.
When the mother arrived she found the boy lying unresponsive on the floor.
When she asked where the ambulance was, Brush said he had not called 911 because he had outstanding warrants. He claimed the boy fell down the steps.
The mother then carried her limp, unconscious son out to her car and drove him to the hospital.
The boy arrived at the New London hospital at 4:47 p.m. on June 14. He was then immediately flown by helicopter to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay, where he died on June 29.
According to Dr. Kristinza Giese, who performed an autopsy, the boy died of blunt force trauma to the head.
She said the contusion on the back of the boy’s head was not consistent with falling down seven carpeted stairs and landing on a carpeted floor.
The boy had internal bleeding to the left side of his head, bruising on the right side of his head, both knees and his groin area were also bruised.