Minnesota News Roundup: Daycare provider admits to injuring a baby in her careMinnesota News
-- A Wright County daycare provider has admitted to injuring a baby in her care.
A Wright County daycare provider has admitted to injuring a baby in her care. Assistant county attorney Mark Erickson says 48-year-old Robbin Rollag was charged after the 11-month-old girl's parents took her to the doctor because she was unusually fussy, and discovered she had a broken leg. Although she first claimed the injury happened while the children were sledding, Rollag eventually admitted to injuring the baby because she was frustrated by a dirty diaper. She is charged with six counts of assault; the judge ordered Rollag not to have contact with anyone under 18, and the county has suspended her daycare license. If convicted, she could be sentenced to five years in prison. Rollag has been in the child care business for 17 years.
A 19-year-old man with no known permanent address and a criminal history was arrested in Anoka, accused of fracturing his 6-month-old daughter's skull. Shawn Lange faces one count of first-degree assault resulting in great bodily harm and two counts of malicious punishment of a child. Doctors in St. Paul diagnosed the girl with extensive injuries consistent with child abuse. Anoka County Sheriff's officials say the baby needed brain surgery, and her condition hasn't improved since she was hospitalized a week ago. Doctors also found older fractures in her legs, left arm, and 10 ribs. Lange has denied intentionally harming the girl, and told police he was tossing the baby in the air playfully when she fell through his hands and hit the ground. He has a previous conviction for a 2012 domestic assault.
Governor Dayton unveils his revised state budget plan this morning (11am) at the Capitol, and it's a lot different from the proposal Dayton rolled out about a month ago. Gone is governor's proposal to extend the sales tax to business services and high-priced clothing -- and Dayton says that means he won't be able to lower the corporate income tax rate or give homeowners a property tax rebate. But Dayton *is* sticking with his proposal for a tobacco tax increase -- and his continued call to increase income taxes on the top two-percent of Minnesota earners could get a sympathetic reception at the now-DFL-controlled legislature.
A new report shows Minnesota is the least affordable state in the Midwest when it comes to rental housing for minimum wage earners. Leigh Rosenberg with the Minnesota Housing Partnership says an individual making the federal minimum wage of 7-25 an hour would have to work 89 hours a week to put a roof over their head. Rosenberg says the average cost of a modest two bedroom apartment in Minnesota is 836 dollars a month.
Minnesota lawmakers are considering a statewide text-message suicide prevention program, similar to one being used in Carlton County. Doctor Daniel Reidenberg says it's too early to tell if a suicide text messaging hotline is effective, and evaluation studies should be conducted. Reindenberg is with the suicide prevention group SAVE.(Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)