Bond set at $1 million for Fergus Falls residents accused in death of six-year-old boy

Bond set at $1 million for Fergus Falls residents accused in death of six-year-old boy Click to Enlarge

FERGUS FALLS (KBRF) - Bond is set at $1 million each for two Fergus Falls residents accused in the death of a six-year-old boy in Fergus Falls Monday.

Forty-four-year-old Walter Henry Wynhoff and 40-year-old Bobbie Christine Bishop are each charged in Otter Tail County District Court with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, two counts of second-degree manslaughter, and malicious punishment of a child. All charges except malicious punishment carry a presumptive prison sentence if convicted.

According to a court complaint, between March 9th and April 9th, a six-year-old boy in their care was disciplined by harsh methods such as whipping with a belt, being duck taped against a wall and standing in corners for long periods of time. The victim was brought to Lake Region Hospital early Monday morning and was not breathing. Attempts to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful. The court complaint states that earlier in the morning, the child needed disciplining. Bishop allegedly told investigators that Wynhoff went into the boy’s room and struck him in the face with a board that was found with blood on it. The boy was reportedly groggy and had slurred speech and handed Bishop a tooth that had been knocked from his mouth.

The boy and his six-year-old brother, who is now in protective custody, were at one time cared for by their grandmother in Montana. Bishop took the boys when the grandmother was unable to care for them anymore.

Lake Region Hospital doctors examining the child who died in the emergency room, found disturbing signs of abuse that apparently had been happening over a lengthy period of time due to scars and multiple injuries in different phases of healing.

Wynhoff has an omnibus hearing scheduled for May 21st. Bishop’s omnibus is scheduled for May 23rd.

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