Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Rebecca Lynn Graupmann, age 46 of Farmington, pled guilty late yesterday to one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree (involving endangerment of a child), a felony, in connection with the death of 3-month-old Kaiden Robert Staebell on July 31, 2012, while he was in Graupmann’s care at her home day care facility in Farmington. Judge Karen Asphaug ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set the sentencing for April 15, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. in Hastings. The additional counts of Second Degree Manslaughter (involving neglect of a child), Endangerment of a Child (a gross misdemeanor), Neglect of a Child (a gross misdemeanor) and Interference with a Death Scene (a gross misdemeanor) will be dismissed at the time of sentencing.
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Backstrom commented: “We are pleased the defendant accepted responsibility for her actions that caused the death of a child in her care. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Kaiden Staebell for their great loss.”
Backstrom thanked the Farmington Police Department for their thorough investigation in this case.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.