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Police: Wisconsin woman beat baby, lied to police about it

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A Grant County, Wis. woman is in jail tonight after police say she shook and beat her baby to death.

Ranae Bellis, 31, is facing first-degree reckless homicide and obstructing an officer charges, after an autopsy showed her three and a half month old baby died from blunt force.

According to court documents, police were called to her home in Boscobel, Wis. Saturday morning. There they found the dead infant.

They first arrested the baby's father, 39-year-old Mark Rand, after they say Bellis told them it was him who had shaken and beaten the baby.

But those court documents show that when Bellis when to visit Rand in prison the next day, she changed her story.

"At that time, the detectives received a confession from Ranae, and she was responsible for the injuries to the child, and had lied the previous day to law enforcement," said Boscobel Police Chief Todd Stenner.

According to court documents, her baby wouldn't stop crying, and she "snapped". Bellis told police that the baby was quiet and Bellis herself was in bed by the time that Rand arrived home that night.

Stenner said this has been a tough case for his department.

"We all have worked many years in law enforcement, but anytime there's a death of a child, even more so an infant, it affects us and makes it very challenging," he said.

Bellis is being held on $25,000 bond and will appear again in court Thursday.

If found guilty, she could face up to 60 years in prison.

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