A 21-year-old woman charged with the 1st-degree assault of her toddler said she threw him into the playpen after growing frustrated when he wouldn't eat.
Alicia Dolores Mohrland, 21, of Braham, is being held in Isanti County Jail on a $250,000 conditional bail after the incident on Monday that left the 18-month-old boy in critical condition at Children's Hospital.
According to the criminal complaint, police arrived at 227 Beechwood Ave. S. to find Mohrland with the toddler in her left arm, with the child appearing to be limp, "ashen in color," and unconscious.
The baby then started crying and they put him on the couch to check his breathing.
Mohrland told the officers that the boy wasn't eating, so she threw a tantrum and threw him into a portable playpen, and thinks he hit his head on the door.
She estimates that he was thrown around 8 feet, and said he'd suffered a seizure shortly after being thrown.
Visibly distraught as she was questioned, she told officers that she's a good mom and that the boy's biological parents had previously abused him, saying: "I hurt my baby," and "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to do it."
He suffered severe head trauma in the incident, and remains in a critical but stable condition at Children's Hospital.
If convicted, Mohrland could face a prison sentence of up to 20 years.