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Complaint: Menomonie baby died from brain injury caused by a physical assault

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Jonathon Lucas Charged

DUNN COUNTY (WQOW) - A Menomonie man is facing 60 years in prison for allegedly killing his own son who was less than two months old.

Jonathon S. Lucas, 28, is charged with 1st degree reckless homicide in Dunn County Court.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police were called to a home on 4th Avenue North just before midnight on Feb. 19 for a possible domestic assault.

When police arrived, they say Lucas tried shutting the door in the officer's face but then started yelling that he needed help.

An officer found Daemyn M. Lucas, 1.5 months old, unresponsive laying on the kitchen countertop. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Several interviews with Lucas at the apartment, hospital and police station all yielded different stories.

Initially, Lucas said his son had issues with his esophagus which caused him to spit up.

Later, Lucas said he fed his son, went outside and heard him choking on the baby monitor. Lucas said he couldn't get the infant to wake up.

Lucas admitted to having several shots of whiskey and a breath test came back at 0.139.

At one point, Lucas called his son "a little brat."

An autopsy showed Daemyn died of multiple brain and head injuries including; subgaleal hemorrhages, parietal bone fractures, subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage of the brain and spinal cord, cerebral edema and bilateral hemorrhages of the optic nerves.

The doctor said the cause of death was those brain injuries due to a physical assault and the manner of death was a homicide. He said the injuries could not have been an accident.

Judge Rod Smeltzer set a $30,000 cash bond for Lucas on Tuesday and barred him from any contact with kids. He is also not allowed to drink alcohol.

He is due back in court on Friday, the same day Daemyn would have been two months old.

Kristen Shill

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