WAUKESHA, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) For the first time yesterday, Milwaukee authorities said a wanted man who was shot during a police chase at Children's Hospital broke the skull of the baby he was seeing there. Prosecutors filed an additional charge of child abuse against 22-year-old Ashanti Hendricks, who waived a preliminary hearing yesterday. He pleaded innocent to that, plus other counts of illegal gun possession as a convicted felon and two counts of bail jumping.
There was no sign that the baby was hurt on the day the incident occurred November 14th. Prosecutors said it was a week later when a medical report showed that the child had a skull fracture consistent with a short fall.
Milwaukee Police said they learned that Hendricks was seeing his baby at Children's Hospital when they went to arrest him for skipping out on a previous sentencing. He ran off and reportedly showed a gun when police shot-and-wounded Hendricks during a chase on the hospital's seventh floor.
Police have been criticized for their response to Children's Hospital and the resulting chase and gunshots. Police officials said earlier that they have no policy on handling armed suspects at hospitals -- and they're starting to work on one.