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Man with Worthington ties facing murder charge

MINNEAPOLIS -- A former employee of Anytime Fitness in Worthington has been charged in the death of a 1-year-old girl, according to a WCCO report. Nicholas Larson, 27, of Shakopee is facing a charge of second-degree murder. Authorities say his DN...

MINNEAPOLIS - A former employee of Anytime Fitness in Worthington has been charged in the death of a 1-year-old girl, according to a WCCO report.

 

Nicholas Larson, 27, of Shakopee is facing a charge of second-degree murder. Authorities say his DNA was found on the ears of baby Tara Engman, who died of a traumatic brain injury in December 2015, WCCO reported.

 

The criminal complaint states that the baby girl’s parents left their child in the care of a nanny on the morning of Dec. 22, 2015. Larson, who was married to the nanny, arrived at the home sometime later. Around 2:40 p.m., the complaint notes, the nanny called Tara’s father to say the child was experiencing difficulty breathing.

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A child abuse specialist doctor at Hennepin County Medical Center examined the baby and said she had a traumatic brain injury and injuries to her ears from pulling, the complaint states. Another specialist determined the injuries occurred shortly before she arrived at the hospital - and definitely after she was left with the nanny - WCCO reported. The baby died the following day.

 

According to the complaint, DNA from Tara’s ears matched Larson’s DNA and did not match the nanny or the parents. Additionally, the nanny stated in a police interview that Larson told her to say he never touched the baby. The nanny also told prosecutors that Larson was alone with the baby for part of the day.

 

Larson is expected to appear in court Monday. According to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, prosecutors will ask for $1 million bail.

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