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Northfield Mother Pleads Guilty in Death of Her 17-Month-Old Child

​Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Melissa Louise Ohmann (formerly Hokanson), age 21 of Northfield, pled guilty today to Manslaughter in the Second Degree (Neglect of a Child) in connection with the death of her 17-month-old son Nicholas Arthur Miller who died on June 23, 2009. Melissa Ohmann failed to seek medical care for her son after he was injured on June 19, 2009, and the failure to do so was a contributing factor to his death. Both the Medical Examiner and a pediatric child abuse expert were of the opinion that Nicholas Miller could have survived the injuries which caused his death if prompt medical care had been sought. The two counts of Neglect of a Child were dismissed.

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