Eleva Man Seeks New Trial In Baby Death

A man accused of smothering a baby is seeking a new trial in Eau Claire County Circuit Court.

Eric Arneson says his attorney failed to explore a sleep deprivation disorder as a defense during his trial on first-degree reckless homicide.

The 26-year-old Eleva man is serving a 20-year prison sentence for killing five-month-old Kaitlyn Rouse. She died of asphyxiation February sixth, 2004 after Arneson wrapped her tightly in a blanket at an Eau Claire apartment he shared with the child's mother.

Arneson says his attorney made no attempt to have the medical examiner's report reviewed by another forensic expert. And he says, prosecutors never gave autopsy photos to the defense.

A February seventh evidentiary hearing is scheduled in Eau Claire.

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