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Woman charged with assault on toddler who suffered brain damage

Alicia Delores Mohrland is accused of throwing her 18-month old son through the air and into a portable playpen, striking his head in the process.
Credit: Isanti County Sheriff
Alicia Delores Mohrland is charged with first degree assault after police say she threw her toddler son across the room and into a playpen, causing traumatic brain injuries.

BRAHAM, Minn. — A Braham woman is charged with first degree assault after authorities say she severely injured her 18-month old son after he threw a tantrum.

The criminal complaint filed in Isanti County details the allegations against 21-year-old Alicia Delores Mohrland who is accused of throwing the boy through the air and into a portable playpen, striking his head in the process.

Squads were dispatched to Mohrland's home just before 1 p.m. August 12. When officers arrived they found the defendant on the couch holding the boy, who officers say was limp and grey in color. When Mohrland was asked what happened police say she explained that her son wasn’t eating and started throwing a temper tantrum, and that she was going to put him in time out. She reportedly admitted to tossing the child in the playpen, and thought that he may have hit his head on the door. 

When asked how far she threw the boy, Mohrland walked to a distance of approximately 8 feet, and allegedly stated "I hurt my baby" before telling officers that the child had experienced previous abuse by his biological parents. 

The boy was taken by ambulance to Cambridge Medical Center, and then airlifted to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis with severe head trauma. There were fears he was brain dead, but information from Children's indicates the child is in critical but stable condition with significant injuries, and is dependent on machines and medication. 

If convicted Alicia Delores Mohrland faces the possibility of a 20-year prison sentence.