A Braham woman has been charged with one felony count of first-degree assault after an 18-month-old child in her care was hospitalized with severe head trauma.
On Aug. 12 at 12:55 p.m., Police Chief Eric Baumgart was called to a home on Beechwood Avenue South in Braham to respond to a medical dispatch of an 18-month-old infant who was having difficulty breathing. Braham resident, Alicia D. Mohrland, age 21, answered the door and was holding the child in her arms. The child was breathing but unresponsive.
Baumgart said Mohrland was distraught as she explained how the incident occurred.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the Isanti County Court Administrator’s Office, the child was refusing to eat and in an attempt to give him a time-out she allegedly tossed him into his playpen from a distance of approximately 7 feet and he hit his head either against the wall or bar of the playpen.
A paramedic arrived on the scene to help assess the situation. The 18-month old was lying on the couch and the paramedic noted he was ashen colored and cool to the touch. Alina EMS was contacted. On their arrival, the 18-month-old was immediately transported to Cambridge Medical Center and subsequently flown to Children’s Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he was listed in critical condition.
Two other infants were in Mohrland’s care. Morhland was sitting on the couch with one of the other infants on her lap repeating that she did not mean for this to happen and that she was sorry. A detective of the Braham Police Department arrived on the scene and had obtained search warrants for the residence.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called to assist. The BCA forensic team processed the scene. Photos and a video were taken and techs swabbed the area around the crib and 3D scans were performed around the residence.
On Aug. 13, Children’s Hospital released the child was in critical but stable condition. He was on life support and he was scheduled for retinal scans to help determine if there were any further injuries to the skull.
On Aug. 14 Mohrland appeared before Judge John Klossner and was charged with felony first-degree assault with the likelihood of an amended complaint being filed as more information is received on the child’s medical condition.
The injuries inflicted on the 18-month-old boy by Mohrland meet the definition of great bodily harm as defined by Minnesota Statute 609.2.