Etter Hughes pleads “no contest” in death of 7-year-old Trevion Winningham

MILWAUKEE — One of two women charged in connection with the November 2016 death of seven-year-old Trevion Winningham has reached a plea deal in the case against her.

Etter Hughes

44-year-old Etter Hughes of Milwaukee on Monday, June 5th pleaded “no contest” to four charges:

  • Neglecting a child (consequence is death)
  • Neglecting a child (consequence is great bodily harm)
  • Child abuse, failing to prevent bodily harm — two counts

Hughes will be sentenced on July 20th.

Mary Martinez

The other woman charged in this case, 47-year-old Mary Martinez, was in court Tuesday for a status conference. She faces four charges:

  • Neglecting a child (consequence is death)
  • Neglecting a child (consequence is great bodily harm)
  • Physical abuse of a child, repeated acts causing bodily harm

According to officials, Winningham was brought from a residence near 19th and National Avenue to a hospital on November 29th. The child was suffering from numerous injuries. The child died a few hours later.

Etter Hughes, Mary Martinez

Etter Hughes, Mary Martinez

According to the criminal complaint, Etter Hughes brought Winningham and a nine-year-old boy to St. Luke’s Medical Center on that Tuesday. She “yelled out that she had an unresponsive baby.” Medical personnel helped carry the boy into the emergency room.

Trevion Winningham

The complaint indicates Hughes “claimed to have discovered Trevion unresponsive” when she woke up. Hughes also “handed a handwritten note” to a security official at St. Luke’s. It blamed the nine-year-old boy “for inflicting the injuries on Trevion’s body.”

Medical officials noted that Winningham’s “body was marked with significant signs of trauma.” Police were immediately notified due to the concern for severe child physical abuse. After a pulse was regained, the boy was taken to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Doctors at Children’s Hospital attempted more life-saving measures — but Winningham later died.