Child’s death investigation leads to arrest

A 23-month old child was run over by a vehicle and the Cass County Sheriff’s department is reporting that the child’s mother has been taken into custody.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says officers responded to a residence and performed lifesaving measures on the child, who was later flown to a hospital in Fargo, but died in the hospital on Thursday, August 24th.

Subsequent investigation led officers and investigators to believe the injuries sustained were the direct result of blunt force trauma through suspected child abuse and not from an automobile accident as initially reported.

The child’s mother, Larena Jackson, age 30, of Cass Lake, MN, was taken into custody on August 22nd, 2023, where she was booked into the Cass County Detention Center and charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, and Malicious Punishment of a Child.

The Cass County Attorney Ben Lindstrom has since amended the criminal complaint to 2nd Degree Murder, First Degree Assault, Malicious Punishment of a Child, and Fleeing a Peace Officer.