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Probation, no prison for central Minnesota man who inflicted severe brain injuries to his baby

A central Minnesota man has been put on probation after admitting that he repeatedly shook and inflicted severe brain injuries to his baby girl at the family's home.

Andrew D. Erickson, 28, of Garrison was sentenced Monday in Crow Wing County District Court to five years' probation after pleading guilty to first-degree assault in connection with his violent actions toward daughter Gracie Erickson on July 4th weekend in 2022, when she was 3½ months old.

Two days later at a Minneapolis hospital, Erickson told a sheriff's investigator that he dropped Gracie, the criminal complaint read. When pressed further, he said he may have shaken the girl five or six times before dropping her. He then put the count at closer to nine or 10 times in that single encounter, the complaint continued.


Reader Comments(3)

Cheekychick writes:

What the heck is wrong with that judge. That poor child will have problems for the rest of her life. He should of gotten a minimum of 40 years. And if that idiot did that to a 3½month old baby you know he probably beats the mother too. And if the mother let's him come back she should go to jail too.

KB777 writes:

And Baby Gracie gets a life sentence with a traumatic brain injury at the hands of her father. There is no justice in this case for her. Probation is just a slap on the hand for this monster. Absolutely disgusting!

Morkwed writes:

What is going on f#%kin probation! Someone need to go shake him 9/10 times then drop him and after that he should get 15/20 yr. Sentence and 5years probation after that!!!!!

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