Beaver Dam man found guilty in 2015 child abuse case
JUNEAU — A 24-year-old Beaver Dam man was found guilty by a jury Friday of physically abusing an 8-month-old child in 2015, causing permanent brain damage to the girl.
Raymond Donald Keyser was found guilty of a felony count of physical abuse of a child — recklessly causing great bodily harm. He could face up to 15 years in prison.
A Dodge County jury deliberated for two hours following the three-day trial.
During the trial, the jury heard medical testimony regarding the severe extent of the injuries suffered by the child. Medical experts on the issue of child abuse determined that the child had been violently shook or repeatedly slammed against a surface. The child’s mother recounted how the child has continuing physical and cognitive problems.
District Attorney Kurt Klomberg told the jury this was a very difficult case in part because no one witnessed what actually happened to the child while in Keyser’s care. Klomberg also pointed out that the case was especially hard because good people, like those on the jury, find it inconceivable that someone could be so violent with such a young child.
“I am deeply grateful for the work of all the members of my team who helped find justice for this innocent child,” Klomberg said following the verdict.
Keyser was watching the girl at a home on Highway 33 on the night of Feb. 15 when he called 911 saying that the baby had hit her head on the carpet after falling about 2 feet. The baby was having trouble breathing and was in and out of consciousness. The baby had also vomited.
When deputies arrived, they were notified the baby was en route to Beaver Dam Community Hospital and also Flight For Life had been called to transfer the baby to UW Hospital in Madison. The baby started having seizures before she was transported to the hospital.
Keyser told deputies he had been playing video games on the bed and the baby was on the bed as well, in a car seat. He said when he hopped off the bed to go assist another child, the baby, who was not buckled in the seat, fell out.
Several doctors who examined the girl in 2015 at UW Hospital believed Keyser’s story was false. The UW Hospitals Child Protection Team made the diagnosis of “definitive physical abuse of a child.”
A sentencing hearing is scheduled Feb. 14.