Former Eagan Daycare Provider Convicted of Assault on 13-Month-Old

Former Eagan Daycare Provider Convicted of Assault on 13-Month-Old Photo: KSTP/File

July 21, 2017 12:34 PM

A former Eagan home daycare provider has been convicted of first degree assault in connection with serious injuries suffered by a 13-month-old boy in her care in September of last year.

A release from the Dakota County Attorney's Office said Mariel Alexandra Grimm, 33, of Eagan was convicted late Thursday after a jury deliberated for around five hours.


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Sentencing is set for Sept. 27.

According to the criminal complaint, Grimm, who had provided daycare for the child since he was 9-weeks-old, told investigators the child became unresponsive while she was changing his diaper shortly after he had awoken crying from a nap.

Grimm stated she first tapped the sides of the boy's face in an effort to awake him, and when that didn't work she brought him into the bathroom and splashed cold water on his face. Grimm said the baby remained unconscious, and she then called the boy's mother, who told her to call 911.

The complaint states neither of the boy's parents noticed anything out of the ordinary prior to dropping him off at the daycare that day.

A child abuse pediatrician later examined the baby and found the subdural hemorrhage he suffered that day is associated with a violent acceleration-deceleration event, such as would happen in a high-speed car crash or the shaking or throwing of a baby. 

The neurosurgeon who performed emergency surgery on the boy said he could have become unresponsive either immediately or shortly after suffering that type of head trauma. 

The release states the boy survived his injuries but suffered severe and permanent brain damage.


Frank Rajkowski

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