Manslaughter case delayed by second autopsy
Adam Michael Peter Travis, a Red Wing man facing multiple felony manslaughter and child endangerment charges, was back in court April 10, but little was accomplished during the hearing.
Travis has been in the Goodhue County jail since early December, appearing in court multiple times since his arrest.
It was explained in court Wednesday that results of the 2-year-old victim's second autopsy have prevented the case moving forward in the courts. Both attorneys attested to the efforts to get that information from Mayo Clinic. Both attorneys said they hope to receive the results soon, having spoken with the medical examiner earlier in the day.
Travis faces first-and second-degree manslaughter, malicious punishment of a child and neglect or endangerment of a child resulting in substantial bodily harm after the death of the child last November.
Police responded to a Red Wing residence on Nov. 28 to a child that was choking. Travis, who stated he was the child's stepfather, reportedly told police the child was eating chicken nuggets and started to choke. Travis said he attempted to remove the blockage, but was unsuccessful.
An initial autopsy conducted in Rochester found that the child sustained injuries consistent with being shaken, pushed or stuck against a hard object, and which were not the result of life-saving efforts by paramedics.
Travis told police he was watching two children that day while playing video games with a friend, though he changed his recollection of the incident multiple times during the interview, the complaint states. Eventually Travis was given a doll and allegedly demonstrated how he shook the child, telling the detective that he did not try to kill the child.
Travis will be back in court for an omnibus hearing on May 1.