Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Mariel Alexandra Grimm, age 33, of Eagan, was sentenced today to a Stay of Execution of 86 months in prison by Judge David Knutson in connection with serious injuries that she inflicted upon a 13-month old boy she was caring for on September 22, 2016. This sentence represents a downward dispositional departure from the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines. Grimm was placed on probation for a period of 15 years, is required to serve 90 days in jail, 60 days of electronic home monitoring, 30 days of Sentence to Serve and perform 200 hours of community work service. Grimm was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and restitution. Grimm was convicted on July 20, 2017, by a Dakota County Jury of Assault in the First Degree (Great Bodily Harm). The baby survived, but suffered severe and permanent brain damage as a result of these injuries.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint, which is located online at: http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/LawJustice/CriminalComplaint/Pages/default.aspx. Prior news releases are available at http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/LawJustice/AttorneyNewsReleases/Pages/default.aspx.
Backstrom commented: “During the trial the jury heard testimony from several medical experts with extensive pediatric and neurological experience who directly treated the child or reviewed the child’s medical records. These experts concluded that the severe brain injury the child suffered was consistent with abusive head trauma. The jury’s guilty verdict reflects the conclusions reached by these experts and that the defendant caused the abusive head trauma.”
On behalf of all involved in the investigation and prosecution of this case, Backstrom expressed continuing sorrow to the victim’s family for the serious trauma this child suffered.
Backstrom praised Assistant County Attorney Heather Pipenhagen who prosecuted the case. Backstrom thanked the Eagan Police Department and the medical professionals who provided care to this baby.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.