5-year-old dies 3 weeks after assault, mother's charges upped to murder

The girl died three weeks after the assault took place.
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A 5-year-old girl has died three weeks after being hospitalized in critical condition after her mother allegedly beat her. 

The girl was rushed to a Twin Cities hospital May 26 with severe injuries sustained when her mother, 32-year-old Sadiyo Ibrahim Mohamed, brutally assaulted her, prosecutors allege. Mohamed was originally charged with felony assault, but the charges were amended to include murder after the child died. 

According to the amended criminal complaint, the girl was taken off life support at 11 a.m. on June 16 and died 21 minutes later. Mohamed is now charged with second-degree intentional murder, as well as second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Warning: Details from the criminal complaint are upsetting.

Mohamed, of Woodbury, is accused of inflicting critical injuries to her daughter, including a fractured skull, a brain bleed, a lacerated liver and broken ribs.

Witnesses called police in the early hours of May 26 after seeing Mohamed chasing her screaming 6-year-old son – who also suffered severe bruising and contusions – down Lake View Alcove, charges state. When police arrived they found the 5-year-old girl in grave condition.

A criminal complaint against Mohamed states that she has bipolar disorder and had been off her medication for a couple of months. She said she had been paranoid and hallucinating and "believed her kids were playing games on her, which made her confused."

"She said she wasn't sure if her kids were the devil or a demon which made her question if she should hurt them or not," the complaint says, with Mohamed saying she had been hospitalized in the past for mental health reasons.

Responders also found another child – aged 3 – inside Mohamed's home, who appeared to be unharmed.

One of Mohamed's neighbors told police the 6-year-old son had previously told them Mohamed hit him and his sister, the complaint says. Several other neighbors reported hearing a child outside screaming for several minutes shortly before police were called at 12:45 a.m., along with "what sounded like slaps or thumps."

When interviewed, the 6-year-old son told police his mom had kicked him out of the house, and prior to that had been hitting him and the older of his two sisters.

"They did not do anything and did not know why his mom was mad," the complaint states, with the boy saying his mom would use a foot-long gray cylinder to hit them, saying she kept it in her closet in the bedroom and had used it many times before.

The girl's full identity has not been released. 

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