MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 23-year-old Minneapolis man is in custody after severely assaulting an 18-month-old child and a woman last week, according to Minneapolis Police.

On the evening of Jan. 25, police officers responded to the report of a domestic assault in progress on the 5700 block of Sander Drive. While responding, officers were notified of a “serious threat” to the toddler at the same location.

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When officers arrived, they made contact with a man who resisted officers’ attempts to get into the residence. Once inside, officers located the young girl with severe injuries. The mother of the victim was also located and had also suffered assault injuries.

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The young victim was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center and is currently in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with facial injuries, a severely fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and a severe brain injury.

The suspect, identified as Hussein Osman Birre, was arrested after the incident. Police say that as Birre was being taken from the home, he said, “She’s an angel. She’s an angel now.”

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Birre was taken to the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center and now faces a felony count of first-degree assault and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault.