An Onalaska father admitted Tuesday to inflicting serious injuries to his infant son.

Chad Parker, 30, pleaded guilty Tuesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court to physical abuse of a child, a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Three counts of felony bail jumping and possessing narcotic drugs and prescription pills were dismissed but will be considered during his April 19 sentencing.

Parker told police he “passed out” with the 3-month-old on the couch after drinking and woke early May 21 to find his son beneath his chest. He denied shaking the child, according to the complaint.

But Parker told a judge Tuesday he also was high on Adderall and described his violent conduct against his son after the child woke.

“Right away I woke up and I just snapped and I just grabbed him by the neck and started choking him and then threw him on the couch and then picked him up and started spanking him,” Parker said. “All he wanted was the bottle.”

The child’s doctor discovered multiple skull fractures, swelling in three areas of his scalp, bleeding outside his brain and bruising to 14 parts of his body, the complaint stated. An update on the child’s condition will be provided during Parker’s sentencing.

Days after his release from jail, Parker broke into the boy’s mother’s home and left a note stating that he had thrown the boy on the couch, spanked him and bit his hand, according to the complaint. He also cut off his monitoring bracelet.


Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at or 608-791-8224.

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