Sheboygan Falls boy dies after assault, mother accused
SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. - A Sheboygan Falls boy has died after being assaulted, allegedly by his mother, police announced Saturday, April 2.
Sheboygan Falls police called it a strangulation. The boy, 8-year-old Oliver Hitchcock, was attacked on Wednesday and died Friday. His mother is now in jail.
"Unfortunately with a heavy heart and deep remorse, I have to report that Oliver Hitchcock passed away," Sheboygan Falls Police Chief Eric Miller said Saturday.
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Oliver was a second grade student at Sheboygan Falls Elementary School. Wednesday night, police said they were called to his home at the Plank Trail Apartments. His father called 911 and started what police called "life-saving measures" before the boy was taken to Children's Wisconsin in critical condition.
"Oliver was a great kid, always happy, always smiling, super smart. He loves his brother, loves to play video games," said Eric Hitchcock, the boy's uncle.
Police said Oliver's mother assaulted him before injuring herself. She was taken to the hospital but is now in jail. Police have referred a charge of first-degree intentional homicide for the boy's death, and one count of attempted homicide related to another incident. There are no other suspects, police said.
"This is something our agency hopes to never go through ever again, and that no family should have to go through ever again," said Miller.
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Oliver's uncle told FOX6 News that the boy's organ donations will possibly save eight other lives. He is grateful for everyone who helped their family. There is a GoFundMe set up to help Oliver's father and brother.
"I would really like to thank all the people who helped, Sheboygan Falls police, first responders," he said.
Law enforcement scene outside apartment where Sheboygan Falls boy was assaulted. He later died.
Police said they will not release the mother's name until she is officially charged, which is expected to happen early next week.
The Sheboygan Falls School District said there will be extra counselors on hand Monday to help anyone who is working to process what took place.