Women accused in death of 7-year-old Trevion Winningham enter not guilty pleas

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MILWAUKEE — 44-year-old Etter Hughes and 47-year-old Mary Martinez pleaded not guilty on Monday, December 12th to charges in connection with the death of seven-year-old Trevion Winningham.

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

Etter Hughes, Mary Martinez

Etter Hughes, Mary Martinez

Hughes and Martinez face the following charges:

  • Child neglect (resulting in death) — max. penalty 25 years in prison, $100,00 in fines
  • Child neglect (great bodily harm) — max. penalty 12.5 years in prison, $25,000 in fines
  • Two counts of failure to act to prevent bodily harm to a child (Etter Hughes) — max. penalty six years in prison, $10,000 in fines
  • Two counts of physical abuse of a child, repeated acts causing bodily harm (Mary Martinez) — max. penalty 15 years in prison, $50,000 in fines

According to the criminal complaint, Etter Hughes brought Winningham and a nine-year-old boy to St. Luke’s Medical Center on 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 W. 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.

Both Hughes and Martinez will be back in court on January 5th, 2017.


  • Requesting accountability

    So how did these people have custody of these children. Seems that this question would be at the forefront of the investigation.

    • mark

      wait, I take that back. I myself am an animal lover and what I said above is a huge insult to animals everywhere. Let me have a do-over please: garbage… nothing more.

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