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

Formal charges against the man are pending.
Author:
Publish date:

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

Next Up

Image from iOS (1)

Victim killed in multi-vehicle crash that closed Hwy. 62 ID'd as woman, 23

The four-vehicle crash closed the eastbound highway for several hours.

protest, Daunte Wright, Brooklyn Center

Photographer reports being maced and punched by police, other journalists detained

It came just hours after a court order prevented law enforcement from using force against the news media.

51119874206_73072b910b_k

Police move in swiftly to make arrests on 6th night of Daunte Wright protests

What started out peaceful took a turn as the night drew in.

Michelle missing outing

Man pleads guilty in 2019 murder of Outing woman

Joshua Emil Karjala's sentencing is set for June.

Screen Shot 2020-12-06 at 7.25.01 AM

Sven Sundgaard is suing former employer KARE 11

The meteorologist, who now works with Bring Me The News, was fired in May 2020.

Related

Screen Shot 2021-01-12 at 8.00.32 AM

Charges: St. Paul woman beat 2-year-old daughter to death

The 29-year-old admitted to losing her temper, saying she kept hitting the girl.

Boy arrested in connection to killing of 19-year-old

The victim was found dead inside a home on Monday, Nov. 18.

3 suspects arrested in connection to Hibbing homicide

Two young adults and a 17-year-old girl were arrested.

Randall Merrick

Remains of Wisconsin woman found in Blaine 3 years after her death

Last week, Rochester man was charged with murder in connection to her death.

police tape, crime scene

3-year-old found dead in St. Paul, parents arrest on suspicion of murder

Five other children were placed in Child Protection Services.

police lights

Suspect arrested in death of man found in Inver Grove Heights snowbank

Police have identified the man who was killed as 39-year-old Bryant Lutgens.