Eagan PD: Death of boy, 3, investigated as homicide

Police say the boy died on Wednesday but they did not deem the case a homicide investigation until Monday.

EAGAN, Minn. - Eagan Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy as a homicide.

Police were called to a residence in Eagan at about 3 p.m. on June 7 on the report of an unresponsive 3-year-old boy.

Officers and paramedics arrived and attempted lifesaving measures, according to Eagan Police. The boy was brought to United Hospital, and doctors were unable to revive him.

Police have identified the boy as Zayden Lawson. Police say a preliminary investigation shows he was subjected to blunt force trauma. His death is being treated as a homicide.

"It's sad," neighbor Toni Johnson said. "I mean, I'm just very heartbroken. You know, he was a kid. He should have been in a safe environment."

Police spokesperson Officer Aaron Machtemes tells KARE 11 that the department waited days to announce the homicide investigation because at first the case was a death investigation, and then based on the injuries and "other circumstances surrounding the event," it became a homicide investigation.

Machtemes said he could not comment on who Lawson lived with, and whether he lived at the home.

No arrests have been made, and police say there is no threat to the community.

"I just hope we get full answers now through all this," Toni Johnson said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Eagan Police at 651-675-5700.

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