Suspect in possible toddler homicide was wanted on warrant since December, records show

MADISON, Wis. — Records obtained by News 3 Now indicate the man accused in the physical abuse and possible homicide of a 20-month-old girl has been wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant since December.

An apprehension request for Marshawn Giles was issued on December 14, 2021 for failure to report to a parole agent, according to documents from the Department of Corrections. Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes said Monday that the warrant indicated that Giles was to be considered armed and dangerous, although those terms were not included in the heavily-redacted document provided to News 3 Now.

Giles was originally taken into custody as a person of interest after the child was found severely injured at a west side apartment early Monday morning. A woman was also seriously injured in what police called a domestic-related assault at the apartment and was taken to the hospital. The child died from her injuries, but the woman is expected to survive.

Police announced later Monday afternoon that Giles had officially been arrested in connection with the incident. Barnes said at least one gun was found inside the apartment, and said Giles had an extensive criminal history. Court records indicate Giles was under extended supervision after serving a year in prison for first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

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Giles has not yet been formally charged as of Tuesday afternoon, but is being held in the Dane County Jail on possible charges of physical abuse of a child and parole violation for another alleged child assault reported to police a few days before. Madison police say they are investigating the death of the 20-month-old as a homicide, but the Dane County Medical Examiner has yet to determine a cause of death. Police say additional tentative charges will likely be referred to the district attorney’s office in the coming days.

Last Thursday, authorities were called to a different address in Dane County involving one of the 20-month-old’s siblings. Giles was not at that other home at the time — Barnes said he would have been arrested on the outstanding warrant if he had been there — but police said Tuesday the possible abuse charges against Giles stem from that investigation and did not involve the 20-month-old child who died.

Police say they recommended the other children stay in the care of other family members since there was no formal order to remove them from the other Dane County home due to the abuse allegation. Madison police say they had consulted social workers with Child Protective Services several times while investigating that case, and both investigations remain open and active.