BURNETT COUNTY–– A Shell Lake man has been charged with aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm, a class E felony, after he stabbed his son with a bayonet in LaFollette Township in June.
Eddie E. Alwine, 66, Shell Lake, was in the Burnett County Courthouse last week for his preliminary hearing for his case which included the charge of mayhem, a class C felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
According to the criminal complaint, on June 11 law enforcement arrived on County Road X after receiving a report that Alwine had allegedly stabbed his son, Aaron Alwine, in the abdomen with a bayonet.
During their investigation, law enforcement officers learned Alwine admitted to stabbing his son in the stomach. They also found out the bayonet went about six inches into Aaron’s abdomen. The criminal complaint does not make clear who’s residence the incident occurred, just that officers were sent to 24665 County Road X.
The wound was in the middle portion of the younger Alwine’s abdomen causing intestines to “protrude from the wound.”
Aaron Alwine was bleeding profusely and needed to be airlifted to receive extensive medical attention. The wound went from his sternum to his naval. There was damage to hisdiaphragm muscles, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Alwine also received medical treatment for lacerations on four of his fingers.
Aaron told officers he was sitting on the couch while Eddie was throwing stuff around saying he was cleaning. Aaron made a sudden movement to go to the bathroom and blow his nose when his father stabbed him in the stomach.
While officers were searching Alwine they found a glass pipe which tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
The complaint concludes with stating “he appeared to have stabbed Aaron with utter disregard for human life, and caused Aaron great bodily harm as a result.” Alwine allegedly pulled the bayonet out and said “you always wanted to die anyway” to his son and “calm down or you’re going to bleed to death.”
Alwine has been in jail since the incident. Before the hearing, he was transported from Barron County Jail where he is one of 15 Burnett County inmates that have to be housed in the Barron County Jail.
Last Wednesday, while sitting in Judge Melissia Mogen’s courtroom, Alwine waived his right to a preliminary hearing. District Attorney Bill Norine and Alwine’s attorney agreed to drop the mayhem charge.
According to State statute the charge of mayhem is, “whoever, with intent to disable or disfigure another, cuts or mutilates the tongue, eye, ear, nose, lip, limb or other bodily member of another is guilty of a Class C felony.”
Mogen dismissed the charge and Alwine entered his plea of not guilty for aggravated battery and possession of drug paraphernalia.
If convicted Alwine faces a fine of $50,000 or up to 40 years in prison or both for aggravated battery. He also faces a $500 fine or 30 days in prison or both for the possession of drug paraphernalia. The Court may also suspend his driving privileges for anywhere between six months and five years.
Alwine is scheduled to have a bail/bond hearing in front of Judge Mogen on July 25.