MINNEAPOLIS - A St. Louis Park woman has been charged with the second-degree murder of an 11-month-old boy.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 42-year-old Sylwia Malgorzat Pawlak-Reynolds.
Charges state that police were called to a Minneapolis home on the morning of July 12, 2017. When officers arrived, they found Pawlak-Reynolds administering CPR to a baby boy. The child was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was found to be suffering a heart attack. A day later, he was declared clinically brain dead.
Police interviewed Pawlak-Reynolds on July 12, who operated a day care out of a home. She told investigators the boy was crying loudly that morning, so she put him in a kitchen highchair. She said she gave him pieces of a rice krispy bar and some milk. She claimed she left the room for a moment to check on the other children under her supervision and came back to find the boy limp with his tongue sticking out. She says she quickly brought him to a backyard table, called 911 and started chest compressions.
However, the criminal complaint states a pediatric ophthalmologist who examined the boy found his injuries were consistent with severe shaking. Another doctor at the Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children concurred with the opinion.
The boy's autopsy confirmed he died of cardiac arrest due to severe brain swelling with the medical examiner noting severe injuries to the brain, neck and eyes. A toxicology report also revealed the boy had drugs in his system consistent with over-the-counter medications such as Benadryl. The boy's parents denied giving him any such medication.