A tragic update to an alleged child abuse case in Mankato.
According to Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott, a 16-month old child has died. In the original report, the child’s mother, 27-year-old Chelsea Olinger of Mankato, was charged with child abuse and first-degree assault.
The criminal complaint said the child was brain dead at the hospital in Rochester late last week. The complaint alleges that Olinger told authorities the child had fallen down the stairs.
However, investigators concluded the injuries came from somewhere else. The complaint says Olinger admitted to hitting the child’s head on the crib because he wouldn’t go to sleep. McDermott’s office says amended charges against Olinger are pending.