1 Arrested In Oakdale Homicide, Victim ID’d

OAKDALE, Minn. (WCCO) — Police have arrested a 44-year-old St. Paul man in connection to the death of a 39-year-old woman, who was found dead in her Oakdale apartment.

Lori Christine Baker, 39, was stabbed several times at her apartment on the 6200 block of 12th Street in Oakdale, according to police.

Her body was found just before 10 a.m. Wednesday. Baker was a nanny and her employer called police after she didn’t show up for work. When they arrived, they found her lying on the bedroom floor of her apartment covered in blood.

According to Oakdale Police, the St. Paul man was arrested in Minneapolis around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. He remains in custody at the Hennepin County Jail.

“We want to make sure people know our hearts go out to the family. And the investigation will continue,” said Officer Michelle Stark.

On Wednesday, police could be seen searching through an apartment dumpster looking for evidence. As of now, they aren’t saying if they found the murder weapon.

“It’s scary, it’s sad. I want to make sure I know what happened and I want to know that my family and I are safe,” said neighbor Kristina Martin.

For Martin, who lives just two doors down from Lori Baker, the past couple days have left her in shock. She’s hoping that whoever did this is brought to justice.

“I hope there is closure to it and the family is okay. And I hope it doesn’t happen again,” said Martin.

The family Lori Baker was a nanny for said she worked for them for nine years. They say she was creative, outgoing, and dedicated to the kids she took care of.

The suspect’s name has not been released because the investigation is ongoing, but charges are pending. Police say he knew Baker, but won’t say how.

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  • Billy

    Whenever I hear of a homicide or someone getting murdered on the news has no effect on me.
    When something happens soo often as killings and murders as it does, can you really call it news?

    • jean

      yes billy its new’s I believe theirs musch of the news that realy doesn’t directly affect you and yet it is stilly news…! U think
      Our condolence to the family and friends..

  • Gail

    This was a dear friend of mine. She was a wonderful nanny and watched my own children several times. My heart goes out to her family and the children she watched for almost 10 years.

    • makes me wonder

      @Gail, what was she doing hanging around with a ex con? I find that odd since she was entrusted with small children.

  • Kevin

    And the killer is???????????????????

  • weknow

    Do you think you might know him ?? Maybe did time together.

  • r.i.p

    Guessing she knew the killer. Chances are she was trying to get away from the psychopath and he was having nothing to do with it. So sad

  • http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/12/30/suspect-in-oakdale-homicide-idd/ Suspect In Oakdale Homicide ID’d « CBS Minnesota

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  • Susanne

    To: Billy, There is no doubt that we are living in a tumultious time in history. With the advent of the internet; the scope of News Coverage and Content has grown immensely. There are tragic occurences happening frquently & being reported asap. Unfortunately murder & violent crime have also increased; while you can’t “relate” to it as a person, and find it distasteful; that does not make the crime less important. I just saw a piece from a CBS bureau in Twin Cities that mentioned how concerned the neighbors of Laurie Baker were. They were very freightened for themselves and their families. This is a prime example of how important it is to cover crime reports. If this crime happened in your neighborhood, wouldn’t you be concerned for yourself & family? Home Invasions is a term I’ve just learned about, althought the crime has been around a long time. There is criminal activity going on at all levels of society, and it’s critical that the public has whatever information it needs to possibly prevent more crime from occuring.

  • Charles

    Freedom of speech is a right that many fought and died for. In this time of duress and sadness for the Baker family, please refrain passing judgement on this tragedy.

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