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Cass Lake man pleads guilty in child's death

Kevin Daniel Jackson has pleaded guilty in connection with a child's death. Kevin Daniel Jackson has pleaded guilty in connection with a child's death. |  Photo: Itasca County Sheriff's Office

Updated: September 22, 2020 04:13 PM

A Cass Lake man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge in connection with a child's death.

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Itasca County Attorney Matti Adam announced Tuesday that 29-year-old Kevin Daniel Jackson has pleaded guilty to one count of unintentional second-degree murder. Jackson had previously pleaded not guilty to the charge and was scheduled to go on trial in late December.

According to a criminal complaint, Jackson had been staying with his girfriend and her four-year-old son at a home in Inger for several days prior to the boy's death in August 2019. Deputies received information from medical personnel that the child may have been suffocated to death.

The complaint says a medical examiner found that the child suffered petechial hemorrhages in both eyes and face, abrasion on the nose, and bruising on the neck.

A plea agreement calls for Jackson to be sentenced to 180 months in prison, but the final sentencing decision will be up to the judge. Jackson will remain in custody leading up to his Nov. 6 sentencing.

Jackson has two prior felony convictions and several misdemeanor convictions, including fifth-degree assault and domestic violence.

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