RED WING — A Red Wing man pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old girl.
Adam Michael Peter Travis, 22, pleaded guilty in Goodhue County District Court to second-degree manslaughter. He is scheduled to be sentenced on the charge on April 13. Travis was charged with a total of five felonies connected to the November 2018 incident.
He is being held on $500,000 unconditional bail or $200,000 conditional bail.
According to the criminal complaint, Travis said he found the girl choking on food and unable to breathe while watching her at home around 8 p.m. Nov. 28, 2018. He said he moved her, attempted CPR and called 911 after being unable to reach the child’s mother.
Upon arrival at the residence on East Third Street, authorities said Travis appeared visibly upset, crying and screaming uncontrollably.
The child was then transported from Mayo Clinic-Red Wing to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys in critical condition, showing significant brain injury. Exams later revealed she was brain dead, and the family decided to remove her from life support. The child died Nov. 29.
After an autopsy, the medical examiner reported that the 2-year-old had sustained “significant trauma” consistent with being shaken, pushed, or struck against or struck with a hard surface. She stated the injuries were not a result of lifesaving efforts.
During another interview with investigators, Travis repeated accounts of discovering the child choking and being unable to resuscitate her. Investigators then shared with him the results of the autopsy. He became upset and later began to weep.
He eventually demonstrated with a doll how he had shaken the 2-year-old twice, tearfully adding, “I didn’t try to kill her.”