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UPDATE: Polk County mom reaches plea deal in child abuse case

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Polk County (WQOW)
- A northwestern Wisconsin woman accused of failing to do anything about repeated abuse of her baby at the hands of the infant's father reached a plea deal with prosecutors Friday.

Tesa Denver, from Osceola, told investigators Travis Parmeter had shaken the five-month-old and its twin sister about 20 times.

The baby ended up with a brain injury, rib fractures and had no pulse when she finally went to the hospital.

Denver was ordered Friday to take parenting and anger management classes, submit to random alcohol and drug testing and have no contact with the children, except as allowed in a protective services order.

Parameter will be sentenced in July after pleading no contest to child abuse causing great harm.


Posted April 2018
Polk County (WQOW)
- A northwestern Wisconsin man, accused of severely injuring his infant daughter, will be sentenced in July.

Friday in Polk County, Travis Parmeter Jr. pleaded no contest to child abuse causing great bodily harm. 

Police were called to a home in Osceola in October 2017 for a report of a 5 month old girl who had no pulse and was not breathing. Doctors said the baby had a brain injury and was dealing with three healing rib fractures. 

Parmeter faces up to 15 years in prison at his sentencing hearing July 9. 

News 18 has been unable to learn how the baby is doing, but at the time, doctors did not think she was going to live.

The baby's mother, Tesa Denver, is charged with felony child neglect and failing to prevent harm to a child. Denver admitted to police that Parmeter had shaken the baby and her twin sister, approximately 20 times to stop them from crying.

Denver returns to court May 4. 
 



October 2017
Polk County (WQOW)
- A baby is fighting for her life, and her father is in the Polk County jail on child abuse charges.

Travis Parmeter Jr., 24, was arrested Thursday night. Police were called to a home in Osceola on Monday evening for a report of a 5-month-old girl who had no pulse and wasn't breathing.

Police said when they met with Parmeter and the girl's mother at the hospital, both had been drinking. The mother told police the baby was fine when she left the girl and her twin in Parmeter's care.

Doctors said the baby has brain injury and had three healing rib fractures, and that abuse is "far and away the primary concern".

A family member said the girl's mother said Parmeter told her he may have broken the baby's ribs from squeezing her too hard.

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