St. Croix County Child Dies; Man in Custody

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An investigation is underway into the death of eight-year-old Stephen Hubbard of Hammond who died Wednesday night at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

The boy's mother, 33-year-old Christine A. Dennis, her son Stephen, and her boyfriend, 41-yer-old Kevin H. Rood, resided the same home in the village of Hammond.

St. Croix County deputies were summoned to the home on a report that the boy had fallen in the shower and struck his head. Hammond police said that Rood told them that he and Stephen were home alone after Stephen came home from school. Rood first stated that the boy had injured himself , according to police, but in a second interview with authorities, Rood reportedly told them that Stephen had angered him, and that Rood had punished him for his actions.

During the punishment, Rood told police, his actions caused the boy to strike his head against a wall and possibly a door jam.

Rood is being held in the county jail at Hudson. Charges are pending based on the autopsy report from the district attorney.