ALBANY — An Albany teenager has been charged in the death of his own female infant found dead Jan. 10.
Logan T. Kruckenberg-Anderson, 16, is being tried as an adult in the case. He has been charged with one count of first degree intentional homicide and one count of moving/hiding/burying the corpse of a child. If convicted, Kruckenberg-Anderson faces life in prison.
A preliminary hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 20 with Judge Thomas Vale presiding.
Kruckenberg-Anderson is currently being held at the Rock County Juvenile Detention Center on a cash bond of $1 million. He is allowed no contact with the infant’s mother, who is identified in the case as Juvenile Witness Number Two (JW2), or her family, as well as no contact with children under 16. He may also not have possession of firearms or leave Green County without prior approval of the court, should he be released.
The infant in the case was reported missing Jan. 9 after being born in a private residence Jan. 5, according a criminal complaint released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
The complaint states that the infant, named Harper by JW2, was reported missing at 1:30 a.m. by Adult Witness Number One, JW2’s father. The father said that his daughter had given birth in the bathtub Jan. 5 and that Kruckenberg-Anderson left with Harper, who had not been seen since.
Juvenile Witness 2 said to officers that Kruckenberg-Anderson told her that he was going to take Harper to his friend Tyler who would then transport the child to a Madison adoption agency. Kruckenberg-Anderson told police Jan. 9 that he did not remember Tyler’s last name, place of residence, phone number or license plate. He said that he paid Tyler $60 to take the baby to an adoption agency, but did not know which one.
On Jan. 10, Kruckenberg-Anderson was interviewed again, this time by a Wisconsin DOJ/DCI special agent.
He told agents that he went to JW2’s residence the morning of Jan. 5. He and JW2 decided that they could not keep the baby and agreed that he would get rid of the child by leaving her somewhere, such as an adoption agency.
Kruckenberg-Anderson left JW2’s residence with Harper in his backpack. He went to his mother’s residence before walking into a wooded area in Albany.
Kruckenberg-Anderson said that he then placed the baby inside of a fallen tree.
She was found five days later, nude and covered in snow with a gunshot wound to the head.
When interviewed again on Jan. 10, Kruckenberg-Anderson “admitted to placing the baby into the snow-covered area in the tree and shooting the baby twice in the head with a firearm.”
Assisting Albany Police in the investigation are the Green County Sheriff’s Office; Green County District Attorney; Green County Child Protective Services; Green County Coroner’s Office; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Wisconsin DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation; DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services; Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory; Wisconsin State Patrol; and Wisconsin K9 SOS Search and Rescue.
Anyone with additional information on the case is asked to contact the Green County Sheriff’s Department at 608-328-9400.