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UPDATE: Kaukauna father charged with death of two children

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WEDNESDAY 6/10/2020 5:12 p.m.

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (WFRV) – A Kaukauna father that was arrested on June 5 in connection with the deaths of his two children in February, has been charged.

Matthew Beyer was charged on June 10 with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of taking hostages, and one count of attempted escape.

The two counts of intentional homicide are for an incident that occurred back in February when the Kaukauna Police Department responded to the location of 1200 block of Crooks Avenue just after 7:00 a.m. after a call came in stating a child was not breathing.

Upon arrival, police found 36-year-old Matthew Beyer’s two Kauakauna children, 5-year-old William Beyer and 3-year-old Danielle Beyer, not breathing in the residence.

Officers said no signs of life were found in any of the children.

According to authorities, each child had noticeable injuries to their necks and police did not find any forced entry in the home.

The biological mother of the children and resident owner stated that she and the two kids were the only ones in the apartment that night.

Matthew Beyer lived on the 400 blocks N. 10th Street in Manitowoc and told officers he had not been to the Kaukauna home that night. Beyer stated he had stayed home all night, except for taking one trip to the local Kwik Trip.

However, a traffic camera video showed Beyer, leaving his Manitowoc residence at around 2:30 a.m. and then returning at around 4:30 a.m. that same morning.

A neighbor of the Kaukauna home where the children lived reported seeing Beyer leaving that residence at around 3 a.m.

Officials say the descriptions that both the neighbor gave and what was depicted on the traffic camera video align with that of Matthew Beyer.

Authorities described Beyer as having visible cuts on his hands and a scratch to his forearm as well as lacking any emotion when being notified of the death of his children.

Officials say a friend of Beyer’s later revealed to authorities that Beyer’s had been upset about paying for child support and a days after the children’s deaths was said to have allegedly described how he would have killed the kids by using a sharp object or pocket knife to puncture to their throats.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy on the children showed that both children suffered sharp force injuries to their necks.

Beyer has been officially charged with the two counts of first-degree intentional homicide of his two children and faces additional charges of attempted escape and taking hostage release without bodily harm for a separate incident that took place on June 7.

To find more information on those charges, click here.

Father of two Kaukauna children found dead in February arrested

FRIDAY 6/5/2020 7:05 a.m.

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (WFRV) – An arrest has been made in connection with the February death of two Kaukauna children.

Kaukauna Police say Matthew Beyer, a resident of Manitowoc and the biological father of William and Danielle Beyer, has been arrested and booked into the Outagamie County Jail.

Authorities say they have forwarded charges of 2 counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide to the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office.

Mayor Tony Penterman provided the following statement to WFRV Local 5 in response to the arrest: “Thank you to the Kaukauna Police Department investigative team, the State of Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, and all other agencies involved for their countless hours put into this case. And thank you to the community for your patience during the investigation. We are relieved that an arrest has been made.”

In mid-February, authorities say they responded to a call in the 1200 block of Crooks Avenue just after 7:00 a.m. An individual reportedly contacted the police saying their children needed help.

Upon arrival, officers reportedly found the children dead with “intentionally inflicted injuries.” Police later identified the children as 5-year-old William Beyer and 3-year-old Danielle Beyer.

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Vigil planned for two Kaukauna children found dead

TUESDAY 2/25/2020 6:37 a.m.

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (WFRV) – A vigil has been planned for the two Kaukauna children found dead with “intentionally inflicted injuries” last week.

According to a Facebook event shared with Local 5, the vigil will take place on Friday, Feb. 28 from 6-8 p.m. at 207 Reaume Avenue in Kaukauna.

“This will be a free space to unify the community of Kaukauna and give support to the family and others personally affected by this tragedy,” says the Facebook event.

MORE: Kaukauna stands strong after tragic death of two children

On Monday, Feb. 17, 5-year-old William Beyer and 3-year-old Danielle Beyer were found dead in a home in the 1200 block of Crooks Avenue.

Kaukauna Police say they continue to investigate the incident and no arrests have been made at this time.

For more on the vigil, visit the Facebook event page.

No arrests made in deaths of two Kaukauna children, police continue to investigate

TUESDAY 2/18/2020 1:00 p.m.

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (WFRV) – Kaukauna Police say the deaths of two children remains under investigation.

On Monday, authorities say they responded to a call in the 1200 block of Crooks Avenue just after 7:00 a.m. An individual reportedly contacted the police saying their children needed help.

Upon arrival, officers reportedly found the children dead with “intentionally inflicted injuries.”

Police later identified the children as 5-year-old William Beyer and 3-year-old Danielle Beyer.

There have been no arrests made in this case.

William was reportedly a student in the Kaukauna Area School District.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kaukauna Police at 920-766-6333.

Two bodies found dead in Kaukauna identified as 5 and 3-year-old

MONDAY 2/17/2020 7:58 p.m.

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (WFRV) – The two bodies found following Monday’s ‘suspicious incident’ in Kaukauna have been identified as 5-year-old William Beyer and 3-year-old Danielle Beyer.

Officials say they were found dead with “intentionally inflicted injuries.”

No arrests have been made at this point.

Kaukauna Police say the investigation is on-going and that no other information will be released at this time.

ORIGINAL STORY: Two found dead following ‘suspicious incident’ in Kaukauna

MONDAY 2/17/2020 9:23 a.m.

Kaukauna Police say two people are dead following a suspicious incident Monday morning.

A release from police say crews were dispatched to the 1200 block of Crooks Avenue just after 7:00 a.m. for an incident.

Upon arrival, Kaukauna Police say two people were found dead inside the home with “suspicious injuries.”

Police say this is an active and on-going investigation but the public is not believed to be in danger.

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