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St. Paul man charged for alleged serious assault of 3-year-old

St. Paul man charged for alleged serious assault of 3-year-old Photo: KSTP

Updated: January 17, 2020 07:22 PM

Charges have been filed against a St. Paul man for an alleged serious assault against his 3-year-old daughter.

Calvin Devon Gillmore, 43, is charged with first-degree assault and malicious punishment of a child.

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On Wednesday, St. Paul police were called by Ramsey County Child Protection regarding a case of suspected child abuse at St. Paul Children's Hospital. A criminal complaint states officers learned a 3-year-old girl had suffered a lacerated pancreas, a life-threatening injury, and was intubated and in serious condition. The child's parents reported the girl fell on her father's shoes.

In the complaint, the Midwest Children's Resource Center, which specializes in child abuse, consulted on the case and stated, "The only history of trauma provided is falling and landing on her abdomen on her father's shoes. This history in no way explains these injuries. These injuries are diagnostic of a massive violent blow to the abdomen, far beyond what is expected in the routine activities of a child."

When police talked with the girl's mother, she again said the child fell on her father's shoes, and when officers explained that wouldn't cause such severe injuries, the woman said Gillmore was physically and verbally abusive to her.

According to the complaint, the woman called Gillmore "evil" when he drinks and said he had been drinking all week, but couldn't remember if he was when the girl was injured. She also said she didn't report any abuse to authorities.

Eventually, the woman said she was on the couch feeding the baby while Gillmore was playing video games. After the girl tripped on a cord, the woman said she saw Gillmore's foot kick the girl and heard a loud "boom" from the girl falling hard, the complaint states.

The woman said the girl was "stunned" and just laid there while Gillmore continued to play video games, but she then complained that her stomach hurt. When the girl again said her stomach hurt the next morning, they took her to the hospital. The complaint also states the woman told police she thought Gillmore kicked the girl as a reflex and said he takes video games very seriously.

According to the complaint, Gillmore has numerous previous arrests for assault in Minnesota and Illinois.

If convicted on both counts, Gillmore faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, up to $50,000 in fines or both.

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