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.