Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Nathan Scott Savage, age 30, of Eagan, was charged* today with three counts of Manslaughter in the Second Degree (all felonies), and Neglect and Endangerment of a Child (both gross misdemeanors), in connection with the death of his infant son, Nolan Scott Sikich, on October 19, 2013. The infant was less than two months old at the time of his death.
Shortly before 6 a.m. on October 19, 2013, Eagan Police were dispatched to the residence where Savage lived with the child’s mother. Upon arrival, the child’s mother was hysterical, crying uncontrollably and screaming, “How could you have done this to our child.” Eagan firefighters were already present in the home attempting emergency resuscitation efforts on the infant. The infant was later identified as Nolan Scott Sikich, date of birth August 28, 2013.
Upon speaking with Savage, an officer detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from Savage’s person and reported he believed Savage was intoxicated. Savage admitted he had been drinking the evening before.
Savage recalled that sometime between 10:00 p.m. and midnight on October 18, 2013, he had laid Nolan down in the master bed where Savage and the child’s mother slept. Savage said he and the child’s mother eventually went to bed in the same bed where he had laid Nolan down earlier in the evening. He stated that at approximately 5:55 a.m. he had awoken to the child’s mother shaking him and asking about the whereabouts of Nolan. Savage said he then rolled over and discovered he had been lying on top of Nolan. Savage admitted this was not the first time Nolan had slept in the bed with them.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Nolan Scott Sikich and ruled that his death resulted from “asphyxia due to probable overlay.” The manner of death was listed as “accidental.”
Additional details pertaining to these charges can be found in the criminal complaint located at: Criminal Complaint
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Backstrom commented: “This tragedy underscores the great danger associated with co-sleeping with an infant. Our deep sympathy is extended to the young victim’s family.”
Backstrom thanked the Eagan Police Department for their thorough investigation of this case.
Nathan Savage made his first appearance on these charges today. Bail was set in the amount of $50,000 with no conditions or $10,000 with conditions. Savage’s next court appearance will be on May 27, 2014, at 9 a.m., in Hastings.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.