A Milwaukee man charged with concealing the death of his baby daughter and dumping her body in a Kenosha field will remain incarcerated with a significant cash bond.
Hezile Frison, 36, made his initial appearance at Kenosha County intake court on Wednesday. Frizon is charged with conspiring with Monica Adams, 21, of Kenosha — the mother of his daughter, Jalisa Adams-Frison — to cover up the baby’s death and hide the body.
Citing past convictions and few local ties, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Jason Zapf recommended at least a $100,000 cash bond for Frison. It is the same bond set for Adams on Aug. 19.
Frison is charged with four felonies: Failure to report the death of a child, moving or hiding the corpse of a child as a party to a crime and two counts of giving false information on a missing person as a party to a crime.
“If convicted of these crimes, the defendant faces a high likelihood of significant incarceration,” Zapf said. “The lengths and significant and calculated steps this defendant took to hide the body of the deceased child to avoid apprehension I think shows his willingness to come to court ... without cash bond, he would not be present.”
Defense attorney Mike Barth requested a $10,000 cash bond for his client.
In 2004, Frison was found guilty of child abuse with recklessly causing great harm. He was on probation for felony possession of a firearm when he was apprehended by local law enforcement on Aug. 14. Frison has an active warrant through Milwaukee County for felony domestic violence.
“I believe a significant cash bond is necessary,” court commissioner Lauren Keating said. “Discarding of another human being, much less a baby, in this manner is reprehensible. There are no actual ties to the county of Kenosha. Based on the likelihood or strong possibility of incarceration, this defendant is a flight risk.”
Frison is believed to have fled to Kenosha with Adams about two months ago to evade Milwaukee authorities. The couple were allegedly hiding out in the basement of a home with the baby in the 3700 block of 45th Street, a home occupied by Frison’s relatives.
The baby’s death was potentially accidental, occurring while Frison, Adams and the baby were all sleeping in the same bed, according to Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley.
Graveley said local law enforcement had to wade through a series of lies and accusations and a daylong search for a body that proved fruitless.
According to a criminal complaint, the baby’s fate came to light on July 28 when a family member confronted the couple, inquiring about the baby’s safety and whereabouts.
The defendants told police a false location where the baby’s body was dumped before directing them to a different location. However, even after an extensive search of a wooded area near 52nd Avenue and 50th Street, the baby’s body has not been found.
According to the criminal complaint, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Dept. searched for and located a drawstring-type bag that appeared to be shredded open “as if clawed at by an animal.”
A search of Frison’s cell phone revealed a number of Internet searches related to infant fatality and conviction including: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome”, “What’s the law in Kenosha if a baby dies?”, “What type of wild animals are found in Kenosha?” and “What is the only way a parent can not go to jail if a baby dies?”
Frison and Adams are due back in court on Sept. 11.
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