Shakopee nanny's husband charged with killing baby

The 1-year-old baby died of blunt force injuries.

A Shakopee man has been charged with killing a baby his wife was taking care of in 2015.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office sent out a news release Friday saying 27-year-old Nicholas Lance Larson is accused of killing 1-year-old Tara Engman on Dec. 22, 2015.

According to the criminal complaint:

The baby was seen by a doctor Dec. 21 for a cough and fever. At the time, she had no signs of bruising or other injuries.

The following day, Engman's parents had to leave for work. The infant was left at home in the care of her nanny – who is not being named. Around 2:40 p.m. that day, the nanny called the infant's father to say Engman was not breathing well.

The baby was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center where doctors examined her and determined she had a traumatic brain injury and injuries to her ears from someone pulling on them. Engman died the next day.

Later, investigators found Larson's DNA on the baby's ears. The nanny also told prosecutors Larson was alone with the girl for part of the day.

“It took about 16 months because no one was admitting to what happened and it required detailed examinations by doctors and DNA results to provide the evidence we needed to bring the charge," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

Larson is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says prosecutors will ask for a $1 million bail.

He's facing one count of second-degree murder. If convicted, that could land Larson in jail for up to 40 years.

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