Burnsville Woman Charged With Assault After 9-Month-Old Seriously Injured

Mei Yen Lam Photo: Dakota County
Mei Yen Lam

February 14, 2018 04:40 PM

A 33-year-old Burnsville woman has been charged with first-degree assault after authorities allege she inflicted serious injuries upon a 9-month-old boy in her care earlier this month.

The boy survived, but a release from Dakota County says he suffered severe and permanent brain damage as a result of the injuries.

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Mei Yen Lam, who reportedly had been caring for the 9-month-old at his mother's request since Jan. 29, is now charged with first-degree assault (great bodily harm), a felony.

According to the release, Burnsville police and medics responded to a residence on the morning of Feb. 5 after a report of an unconscious infant.

The 9-month-old was transported to Fairview Ridges Hospital by ambulance, then taken to the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital. There, the release alleges, doctors determined the boy suffered from injuries to his brain and spinal cord. It was reportedly determined the 9-month-old had bleeding on both sides of his brain and had two fractured vertebrae.

Emergency brain surgery was required.

A child abuse pediatrician reportedly determined the injuries were non-accidental, the release states.

The release alleges Lam told police no one else had been alone with the boy, and that she explained she had been trying to feed him, but he appeared to choke on his food, spit up, became limp and stopped breathing.

According to the release, Lam allegedly admitted she threw the boy on the bed "really hard" on multiple days preceding the 911 call – a call she made herself.

But one of the infant's doctors reportedly advised an investigator the injuries were consistent with being thrown, but with much more force than Lam allegedly described.

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