Ronald Schroeder Wiki – Ronald Schroeder Biography
Ronald Schroeder, a Wisconsin man who once worked as a clown, has been charged with murdering his newborn daughter three decades ago, WISN-TV reports.
This week, authorities near Milwaukee arrested Schroeder in connection with the Aug. 25, 1991, death of his daughter Catherine, who was not even two months old.
He is 52 years old.
At the time, Schroeder, then 22, had called 911 because the child was not breathing, WITI-TV reports, citing court records.
The girl was later hospitalized for a raft of injuries, including contusions to the brain, fractured ribs, and detached retinas, which caused “blood behind the eyes” – what doctors believed was shaken baby syndrome.
That same day, Schroeder had performed at a restaurant as “Silly the Clown” for elementary-aged children, an act for which he was widely admired, according to Milwaukee Magazine in 2008.
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The magazine reports that a former director of the International Clown Hall of Fame once praised Schroeder for being “always funny” and “always courteous,” the magazine reports.
Outside the clown outfit, however, was a different story. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Schroeder’s own mother and his neighbors said he was often abusive.
In fact, one month before Catherine’s death, a child protection agent had been tasked with investigating alleged abuse involving Catherine, according to WISN-TV, citing the criminal complaint.
Schroeder has previously denied harming the child.
Over the years, prosecutors argued there was insufficient evidence to charge Schroeder, and he continued performing as a clown. Police in Milwaukee County reopened the case in 1998, but their efforts turned up no additional evidence.
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Schroeder had also been suspected of abusing other children in later years, including in 1997 and 2005, according to WISN-TV.
Schroeder also has been charged with physically abusing a 5-week-old child in the 2005 incident, WITI-TV reports.
An arrest warrant was issued on Wednesday, and Schroeder had an initial court appearance on Thursday, during which a judge denied a motion to dismiss the case because prosecutors waited too long to file charges.
Schroeder remains in custody on a $350,000 bond, according to WITI-TV. His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 2.
In 2008, Schroeder was convicted of sexually assaulting a girlfriend when she was unconscious and taking photos of the assault. He had been sentenced to prison for that crime and was released in 2013.
According to the Daily Beast, following his release from prison, authorities in Waukesha, a city near Milwaukee, warned residents in the area that Schroeder was now a convicted sex offender and would be moving into their community.
Police told residents that Schroeder would be required to wear a GPS monitor and would not be allowed near children or in bars.