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Duluth man arrested in connection to 3-year-old's death

Formal charges against the man are pending.

A 30-year-old Duluth man has been arrested in connection to the death of a 3-year-old child.

In a news release, the Duluth Police Department says they took the 30-year-old man into custody on Thursday, Dec. 17. He is awaiting formal charges by the St. Louis County Attorney's Office. 

The arrest came a few days after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the child's death a homicide. 

According to the release, Duluth police officers responded to a report of an unresponsive child on the 4700 block of East Colorado Street at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 4. 

Due to the severity of the child's injuries, they were transported to Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis, where they died at 1:48 p.m. on Sept. 6. 

"Based upon the suspicious nature of the child’s injuries, the Duluth Police Department Sex Crimes Child Neglect Unit and Violent Crimes Unit immediately began an investigation," the news release says. "Investigators learned the child was in the care of the mother’s fiancé at the time of injury." 

The child's family has identified him as Cameron Gordon, with an obituary saying he "loved to ride on four-wheelers" and was a "very active boy who loved to talk and enjoyed a good meal." 

Cameron's mother, Heather Bouchard, told KBJR 6 her fiance – the man who was arrested – had said Cameron fell down the stairs and she believed him until doctors explained Cameron's injuries, which were consistent with a car accident, being shaken or being strangled.

In an effort to raise awareness for child abuse, Bouchard is selling #JusticeForCameron T-shirts, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Midwest Children's Resource Center, a child abuse program run by the hospital that treated Cameron. 

This is the first homicide in Duluth this year. The last homicide in the city happened on Sept. 22, 2019, the Duluth News Tribune reports

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