A Northfield mother receives a 48 month stayed sentence in the death of her 17 month old child. 21 year old Melissa Louise Ohmann (formerly Hokanson) was sentenced today in Dakota County court in connection with the death of her 17 month old son Nicholas Arthur Miller. Miller died in June of 2009. The St. Paul Press reports that Ohmann had just turned 18 and given birth to her 3rd child. She also been abused as a child. Ohmann pled guilty in March of this year to Manslaughter in the 2nd degree, neglect of a child. She will serve one year in prison with 10 years probation. The investigation found that, had she sought prompt medical care for her son, he would likely have lived. Ohmann’s former husband and stepfather to Nicholas, Tylar Hokanson, was convicted of 1st degree murder with a past pattern of child abuse. He’s serving a life sentence. Dakota County Attorney
James Backstrom said “while Ohmann didn’t cause the death of her son, she should’ve exercised reasonable care in taking him to an emergency room after his need for medical treatment became apparent.
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