PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (WCCO) — A Coon Rapids woman accused of shaking and critically harming a baby she was caring for is facing felony charges, according to Anoka County District Court.
Just after 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, Prior Lake Police and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office went to a home on the 10600 block of Grouse Street NW in response to a 911 call about a baby who’d been hurt.
The charges say officers arrived to find Tami Rose Revering, 29, crying hysterically and holding a 5-month-old boy. Emergency responders determined that the child was breathing, but non-responsive.
Revering told them she was a terrible babysitter, that she wanted to die and that she had shaken the boy, according to court documents. He was taken to Mercy Hospital and from there, airlifted to St. Paul Children’s Hospital.
Investigators determined that Revering was a friend of the baby’s parents and she had been caring for him and his siblings for about a month. The charges say Revering admitted to detectives she couldn’t get the baby to stop crying and “just snapped,” shaking him and throwing him on the bed until he appeared to have a seizure.
Workers at Mercy and St. Paul Children’s Hospitals managed to save the child’s life, partly because they had information on exactly how he was hurt. They aren’t sure if he will have any permanent brain damage.
Court documents show Revering has been charged with three counts of malicious punishment of a child and one count of first degree assault. If convicted, first degree assault carries the harshest maximum sentence at 20 years in prison. Conviction of a lesser charge, malicious punishment of a child, could carry a maximum of five years in prison.