Trial date set for former Rhinelander doctor charged in son’s death
By Eileen Persike
A trial date has been set in Oneida County Court for the former Rhinelander doctor charged in the death of his toddler son.
Trung T. Tran, 42, is charged with two felonies, failure to act to prevent bodily harm to a child and child neglect resulting in death in the April 2017 death of his 20-month old son, Avery Edwards. Upon conviction, these charges carry a combined maximum penalty of 22 ½ years of initial confinement in prison, followed by 15 years of extended supervision, and/or fines totaling $125,000.
A trial has been scheduled for Sept. 6 through Sept. 13 in front of Judge Michael Bloom. A motions hearing is set for June 7 and pre-trial conference Aug. 2.
Tran’s former wife, Ellen Tran, 30, was convicted in October, 2018, of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of her stepson and is serving a 15-year prison sentence, to be followed by seven years of extended supervision.
Edwards’ death was attributed to blunt force trauma to the head; Ellen Tran said the boy fell in the shower, but forensic experts who testified during her trial disagreed that a fall would result in death. Though Ellen Tran was arrested for the boy’s death in April 2017, Trung Tran, who had worked as a physician at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, wasn’t arrested until September 2017.
According to a sheriff’s office report put together at the time by detective sergeant Chad Wanta, Trung Tran was aware of Ellen’s hostility toward Avery Edwards, yet he allowed her to care for the boy. When requesting charges against Trung Tran, Wanta concluded, “Had Trung not left (Avery Edwards) in Ellen’s care, (the boy) may still be alive.”
Trung Tran remains free on bond and according to court records, lives in North Carolina.