A Jackson County man accused of causing an infant’s through negligence will remain jailed on a $10,000 cash bond after a Thursday judicial decision.

Armas Cravins II, 32, Melrose, stood mute Thursday in Jackson County Court on charges of second-degree reckless homicide, neglecting a child causing death and three charges of neglecting a child. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

His attorney also requested a signature bond, which was denied by Judge Anna Becker, according to court records.

Armas Cravins mug


Cravins is accused of causing the death of his 2-month-old daughter, who was found Sept. 4 facedown in a baby swing, and neglecting three other children.

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He was left in charge of the children while their mother went to work Sept. 3, according to the complaint. He left the children home alone, later returned and picked up the infant, again leaving the three older children by themselves, while he went to the woman’s workplace to check whether she was actually working.

Cravins gave investigators different versions of what happened before admitting he got home and hastily placed the baby in her swing because he needed to use the bathroom and then became preoccupied with writing a note to the child’s mother, ignoring the baby when she started crying, according to the complaint.

Police say Cravins told investigators he did not attempt to feed the child, change her diaper or put on her pajamas during the entire time she was in his care, leaving her in the swing from the time he got home until the child’s mother discovered her dead about 6:20 a.m. the next day.

The baby died of asphyxiation, according to an autopsy released Friday.

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Jourdan Vian can be reached at jvian@lacrossetribune.com or follow her on Twitter. @Jourdan_LCT.



Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218 or jvian@lacrossetribune.com.

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