Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that LaMar James Crump, age 21 of South St. Paul, was charged* late Friday, June 27th with one count each of Assault in the First Degree (Great Bodily Harm) and Malicious Punishment of a Child (both felonies) in connection with serious and life-threatening injuries inflicted upon his girlfriend’s 15-month-old son in South St. Paul.
On June 26, 2014, around 6:10 a.m., officers were called to an apartment in South St. Paul, on a report that a one-year-old child was not breathing and unresponsive. When officers arrived they found the 15-month-old boy lying on his back on the floor of the living room in his apartment. Medics determined that the child’s condition was critical and he was transported by ambulance to the St. Paul Children’s Hospital. It was later determined that he had swelling and bleeding on his brain, a lacerated liver, which caused internal bleeding, and significant bruising on his face, abdomen, back and buttocks.
The child had been in the overnight care of a neighbor of the child’s mother, who often worked overnight. The neighbor dropped the child off with Crump at the child’s mother’s apartment at 5:00 a.m. on June 26. She told police the child was fine at that time. A little over an hour later, Crump pounded on a neighbor’s apartment door, yelling that the child, who he was holding in his arms, was not breathing. The child was limp and unresponsive at that time. A 911 call was then made.
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Backstrom commented: “This was a violent assault upon a toddler that caused life-threatening injuries. These injuries will most likely cause significant long-term complications. Our thoughts are with the family of this boy at this difficult time.”
Backstrom thanked the South St. Paul Police Department for their investigation.
LaMar Crump made his first appearance in court late Friday and bail was set in the amount of $300,000 without conditions ($100,000 with conditions) by Dakota County District Court Judge Kathryn Messerich. His next court appearance is set for July 15, 2014 at 9:00 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.