Man jailed but no charges yet in death of child

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Chase M. Harville

By Ted Pennekamp


A bond hearing was held in Crawford County Circuit Court Monday morning for Chase M. Harville, 29, who was arrested July 10 as part of an investigation into the death of a 3-year-old boy in Prairie du Chien Township. 

At approximately 2 p.m., Friday, Harville was located and taken into custody by authorities searching the woods behind a residence on County N which was the focus of the investigation. Harville, of Prairie du Chien, had earlier fled the scene on foot during the early morning Friday.

Harville is being held in the Crawford County Jail.

On Monday, it was decided that Harville’s bond will be a cash bond for $300,000. As conditions of the bond, Harville shall not possess nor consume alcohol, shall not enter into any taverns, shall have no contact with E.L.K., shall not have contact with any minors, and will undergo random testing for alcohol, and if positive, submit to a blood test.

Harville’s next court date is his initial appearance scheduled for July 22 at 3 p.m. in Crawford County Circuit Court.

During the investigation, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department had requested the assistance of the public in locating Harville.

After Harville was captured, the sheriff’s department issued a statement in which the department thanked the numerous agencies that assisted with the search and the public for all of the information sharing.

As of the morning of Friday, July 17, no charges had been filed. A charge of first degree reckless homicide has been requested by the sheriff’s department and referred to the district attorney’s office. 

There was a finding of probable cause at Harville’s bond hearing Monday morning, July 13. Because there is probable cause, Harville can be held without charges being filed. However, charges need to be filed on or before the date of Harville’s initial appearance on July 22.

Previous conviction

Harville was convicted in 2015 of child abuse–intentionally causing harm. He was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of extended supervision.

The sentence was ordered to run consecutively to the sentence he was already serving. 

Harville was previously convicted of felony burglary.

In May of 2019, Harville was in Crawford County Circuit Court for a paternity hearing. The petitioner in the case was Erica Kapinus, whose address was listed in the court records as being on County N. Harville was ordered to pay support, health insurance and expenses.

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