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South St. Paul Man Charged with Assault after Child Found Unresponsive

Updated: 06/30/2014 3:09 PM
Created: 06/30/2014 1:19 PM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

A 21-year-old South St. Paul man is facing charges after prosecutors say he critically injured his girlfriend’s 15-month-old son.

Officers were called to an apartment around 6:10 a.m. Thursday, June 26, on a report that a child was unconscious and not breathing. Medics say the boy had swelling and bleeding on his brain, a lacerated liver, and significant bruising on his face, abdomen, back and buttocks. He was sent to St. Paul Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

During the investigation, police learned the boy’s mother often worked overnight and that a neighbor had been looking after him. The neighbor said she dropped the boy off with the woman’s boyfriend around 5 a.m. on June 26. He was identified as 21-year-old LaMar James Crump of South St. Paul.

About an hour later, Crump pounded on the neighbor’s door and said the child wasn’t breathing and police were called, according to the criminal complaint.

When asked about the incident, police say Crump changed his story several times.

Crump has been charged with first-degree assault and malicious punishment of a child. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and $30,000 in fines on the assault charge and up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines on the malicious punishment charge.

21-year-old LaMar James Crump

Minneapolis/St. Paul

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