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Green Bay man charged in January death of toddler

Nicholas D. Willies, left, and Alex Fountain.
Nicholas D. Willies, left, and Alex Fountain.

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A man from Green Bay is being charged in the January death of a toddler.

On January 7, 2013, Green Bay police say 2-year-old Alex Fountain was rushed to the emergency room at St. Vincent Hospital because he had stopped breathing. The child was revived, but three hours later was pronounced dead.

Authorities say the mother's boyfriend, 29-year-old Nicholas D. Willies, was babysitting while she was at work. 

According to the Brown County Medical Examiner's Office, suspicious bruises and scrapes were found on the child's body. After an autopsy, officials ruled Alex Fountain's death as a homicide.

Investigators searched the Pine Street address where Willies was taking care of the boy. After witness interviews, police arrested Willies on March 25. However, after consulting with the district attorney’s office and medical professionals, police released Willies and continued their investigation.

Police contacted a forensic pathologist from St. Louis to review the case. After receiving her report, police put out a warrant for Willies’ arrest on Wednesday. The next day, he turned himself in.

Officers say they will not release more information on the case until prosecutors file a criminal complaint. Willies is expected in court Friday afternoon. He has been charged with five counts, including first-degree reckless homicide, neglecting a child with the consequence of death and child abuse – recklessly causing harm.

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