MANKATO — A toddler who was on life support after he allegedly was assaulted by his mother has died.
A 16-month-old from Mankato who was hospitalized last week has died, Blue Earth County Attorney Pat McDermott said Tuesday.
McDermott said he is waiting for a preliminary autopsy report before amending the charges against the child’s mother, Chelsea Rae Olinger, 27, of Mankato. The report is expected late Wednesday or Thursday.
Olinger is currently charged with felony assault. The county attorney said he cannot say what the prospective new charge or charges might be before he has reviewed the autopsy findings.
According to court documents filed in the case last week:
The boy was not breathing and did not have a pulse when Olinger brought him to the Mankato hospital Feb. 10. After an emergency procedure to relieve bleeding on the boy’s brain, he was transferred to a Rochester hospital.
The child also had bruises, rib fractures, broken vertebrae and a lacerated liver. Tests indicated the boy had no brain activity.
Olinger first told investigators her son fell down a flight of stairs. She later admitted she hit his head on the side of his crib while laying him down and she held her hand over his month trying to quiet him.
She said she was the boy’s only caregiver from Saturday night through Monday morning, and she was frustrated because he would not go to sleep.
Olinger remains in the Blue Earth County Jail.