Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Mei Yen Lam, age 35, of Burnsville, pled guilty August 15, 2019, to one count of Assault in the First Degree (Great Bodily Harm) in connection with serious injuries inflicted upon a 9-month old boy she was caring for on February 5, 2018. The baby survived, but suffered severe and permanent brain damage as a result of these injuries. On September 19, Judge Michael Mayer sentenced Lam to 365 days in jail, probation for 20 years and stayed the execution of 86 months in prison. Restitution was also ordered to be paid in the amount of $78,098.47.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, which is available online at Criminal Complaint Search. If in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search. Prior news release is available at County Attorney News Releases.
Backstrom commented: “The abuse and mistreatment of a child is unconscionable. Our thoughts for continued improvement of this child are extended to the baby's parents and family."
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Heather Pipenhagen, who prosecuted the case. Backstrom thanked the Burnsville Police Department and the medical professionals who provided care to this baby.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.