SAWYER COUNTY -- High cash bonds have been ordered for Domenic Falkner and Samantha Smith, both of whom are charged criminally in the death of Smith’s child in Sawyer County.

DrydneWire.com reported first that Falkner and Smith were both charged criminally following a lengthy investigation into the July 2021 death of Smith’s 4-year-old child who sustained multiple broken bones and other injuries over the course of several months while in the care of Smith and Falkner, and then ultimately died of acute ethanol toxicity while in their care, according to the criminal complaint filed against them.

Updated online circuit court records now show that on March 3, 2022, Falkner appeared for a bail bond hearing, and the Hon. John Yackel ordered a $2,000,000 cash bond for him.

On March 7, 2022, Smith appeared for a bail bond hearing and the Hon. John Yackel ordered a $1,000,000 cash bond for her, according to updated online court records.

Falkner and Smith both appeared while in custody for a hearing regarding their criminal charges in Sawyer County Circuit Court today, March 23, 2022.

Assistant Attorney General Chad Verbeten appeared for the State of Wisconsin and advised the Court that he is assisting Sawyer County District Attorney Office.

Falkner is charged with Class A Felony First Degree Intentional Homicide, Class C Felony Physical Abuse of a Child-Repeated Acts Causing Great Bodily Harm, and Class B Felony Chronic Neglect of a Child - Consequence is Death.

Smith is charged with Class C Felony Physical Abuse of a Child-Repeated Acts Causing Great Bodily Harm, and Class B Felony Chronic Neglect of a Child - Consequence is Death.

Preliminary examination hearings are scheduled for both Falkner and Smith on March 28, 2022.

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Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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