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Defense medical experts testifying Tuesday for a man accused of the child abuse death of a 2-year-old girl who died last year said she died from blood clots in her brain that led to a stroke and a host of other problems, not from abusive head trauma.

Dr. Carl Wigren, a forensic pathologist from Seattle, and Dr. Joseph Scheller, a child neurologist from Baltimore, said it was unlikely in their view that Joshua Gehde, 27, of Madison, abused his girlfriend’s daughter, Sophia Huff, on April 12, 2016, leading to her death at a hospital two days later.

Their testimony followed testimony Monday by Dr. Vincent Tranchida, Dane County chief medical examiner, that Sophia died from child abuse, including abusive head trauma.

Gehde is charged with first-degree reckless homicide for Sophia’s death. A criminal complaint states that he was alone with the girl while her mother was away at work, and that he told police that he came out of the bathroom at his Onsgard Road apartment to find her unresponsive on the living room floor.

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