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Northfield mother pleads guilty in child's death

Melissa L. Ohmann (formerly Hokanson) 21, Northfield, pleaded guilty today (March 9) to manslaughter in the second degree in connection with the death of her 17-month-old son Nicholas Arthur Miller. He died June 23, 2009.

Her former husband and stepfather of Nicholas, Tylar Hokanson, who was arrested in Hastings, was convicted of first-degree and second-degree murder in connection with the child's death. The child sustained injuries while in Hokanson's care, and neither Hokanson nor Ohmann sought medical help. He is serving a life sentence in prison.

The criminal complaint had charged Ohmann with failure to seek medical care for her son - failure to do so was a contributing factor in his death, according to the medical examiner.

Judge Erica MacDonald ordered a presentence investigation and psychological evaluation, and set sentencing for June 12.