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Man charged in connection to death of 4-year-old in Itasca County

Man charged in connection to death of 4-year-old in Itasca County Photo: KSTP

Updated: August 23, 2019 12:57 PM

A Deer River man has been charged in connection to the death of a 4-year-old, according to court records.

The criminal complaint states Kevin Daniel Jackson was charged with one count of second-degree murder. 

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According to the criminal complaint, first responders were called Wednesday to a home in Inger on a report of a four-year-old boy who was unresponsive. The child was pronounced dead while en route to the hospital by ambulance personnel.

The complaint states deputies were informed by medical professionals that the child may have been suffocated to death. 

Investigators later spoke with the child's uncle, who said he was in his bedroom when he heard the child crying. The complaint said the boy's uncle found the child facing down on a couch covered in a blanket and that Jackson was standing over him with a pair of rubber gloves. The uncle said he then went back into his bedroom. 

According to the complaint, a short time later, the uncle heard the child cry again. The uncle told investigators he left the room and saw Jackson holding the child. 

Later that evening, the uncle told investigators he had heard the mother screaming. When he went into the living room, he saw the child's mother performing CPR on the child. The complaint said that Jackson was "acting weird and screaming." 

Sheriff's deputies were later able to locate the Jackson and take him into custody. 

If found guilty, Jackson could face up to 40 years in prison. 
 

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