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New information in reckless homicide case involving toddler's death


Trempealeau County (WQOW) - A toddler's death is being linked to a powerful painkiller, and her babysitter has now been charged.

On Monday, 22 year-old Amanda Butts from Osseo was charged with first degree reckless homicide.

She was babysitting Alexis Behlke last month when the 22-month-old stopped breathing. The autopsy shows she died from the combined effects of Oxycodone, a pain killer, an antihistamine like Benadryl, and an anti-depressant.

Butts told police the child had been up all day and was quote "whiney" and would not sleep.  Investigators say Butts admitted giving the child Oxycodone. They say she agreed with them that giving Oxycodone to Alexis was wrong and could cause her death. She denied giving her Benadryl or the anti-depressant. The medical examiner says the child also had a number of other injuries like fractures, bruises and cuts. Other children in the home at the time say Butts threw the toddler on the floor and pushed a pill into her mouth.

"Currently your honor, I believe the defendant poses a flight risk. She has sporadic housing here in Trempealeau County, or Jackson County depending on the day it appears. Therefore, we are asking for a high cash bond."

Butts is being held on $200,000 cash bond. Her boyfriend is the toddler's father. He said Butts was watching his children when he was at work. Butts will return to court next month.


Trempealeau County (WQOW) - A 22-year-old woman has been charged with reckless homicide in the death of a toddler she was babysitting.

Amanda Butts was charged on Monday.  According to court documents, Butts allegedly gave oxycodone to Alexis Behlke, who later died.  The autopsy report shows the 22-month-old child died "from an acute intoxication due to the combined effects of oxycodone, diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and amitriptyline, with ensuing loss of consciousness, respiratory depression, apnea, coma, anoxic brain injury and ultimately death."

Butts is the girlfriend of Robert Behlke, the toddler's father.

A fund has been set up to help Alexis' mother pay for funeral expenses and for counseling for her two young brothers. For more information click here.

WQOW News 18 was in court Monday where the defendant made an appearance.  We'll have more on this story tonight on our newscasts.


Osseo (Press Release) - On June 22, 2013 at approximately 1:44 p.m., 22-month-old Alexis Behlke was found to be not breathing by a caregiver, 911 was called and she was taken to the Mayo Hospital in Osseo and later pronounced dead.

The Osseo Police Department along with investigators from the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department arrested Amanda Butts for 1st degree reckless homicide.

According to police Butts is the girlfriend of Alexis's dad.

This was after a lengthy investigation by the Osseo Police Department, the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department and the Trempealeau County coroner's office.

Butts was arrested Thursday at approximately 11:50 a.m. at W15715 U.S. Highway 10 in the Town of Garfield in Jackson County.

This is an ongoing investigation and we are unable to release any further information at this time but more information will be provided as the case allows.

Amanda Butts, of Osseo, was taken into custody for 1st degree reckless homicide but the final charging decision will be determined by the Trempealeau County District Attorney's Office.


OSSEO (WQOW) - A young girl has died in Osseo, but police say they are not treating it as a suspicious death.

Osseo Police were called out early Saturday morning on a report that someone was performing CPR on a 22-month-old child who was unresponsive. Police say the child was not breathing.

She was taken to the Osseo hospital, where she died. An autopsy has been done, but police say they do not have the results yet. The incident is still under investigation.

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