Unresponsive baby driven to Wal-Mart in Maple Grove, Minn.

Brooklyn Park infant driven unresponsive to Wal-Mart

Medical crews were called to a Maple Grove, Minn. Wal-Mart on a report of an unresponsive child Thursday night, and the 1-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital. Now, Brooklyn Park police are trying to piece together what happened before the baby's caregiver drove her to the store 10 minutes away, where her mother worked.

According to a search warrant, police were called to the Wal-Mart at 9451 Dunkirk Lane North just after 10 p.m. the night of May 7. Dillion Howard, 21, told police he had given the baby a bath at her mother's Autumn Ridge apartment unit in Brooklyn Park. He said he left the room to get a diaper and when he returned, she was unresponsive. He said he tried to perform CPR, but when that didn't work, he drove her 10 minutes away Wal-Mart where her mother, Khadija Norman, was working. 

Neighbors said investigators have been knocking on doors and asking about a loud noise heard the night of the incident. Brooklyn Park police served the search warrant May 8 and noted, "Dillon Howard is not reporting a mechanical mechanism that would account for the accidental death."

According to investigators, Howard has a long criminal history that includes charges of domestic assault by strangulation, fourth-degree assault and two convictions for domestic abuse. He hasn't been charged in this case. 

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