ST. BONIFACIOUS, Minn. - The Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner's Office has ruled that the February death of a St. Bonifacius toddler is a homicide. Officials say 19-month-old Cottrell Short died of abdominal and head injuries caused by neglect and multiple debilitating injuries.
In a news release, Hennepin County Sheriff Rick Stanek said "when you read the description from the Medical Examiner's report, it is clear from the list of injuries that this little boy died a horrible death. It is disturbing that he also had suffered from abuse and neglect prior to his death."
On February 10th, authorities were called to the child's St. Bonifacius home on a report of a medical issue. Short was taken by ambulance to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia where he later died.
While responding to the home, investigators allegedly found rotting food, dead animals, and animal waste, among other garbage inside the home.
The boy's mother, Shacara Foster, 27, was arrested last month and charged with felony child neglect. Authorities say no arrests have been made for the homicide. Foster is currently in custody at the Hennepin County jail.
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