Alleged fugitive captured in city headed to court

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A St. Paul woman captured in Eagan as a fugitive last Thursday was scheduled to appear in court July 25 on a probation violation.
      Shelly Jean Brown, 43, was taken into custody by Eagan police Thursday morning following a bulletin posted by a private bounty hunting organization. The bounty hunters located Brown, wanted on an arrest warrant, at about 8 a.m., according to the organization’s social media post. She was arrested by Eagan police at about 10:15 a.m.

Jury convicts Eagan babysitter

  
   An Eagan daycare provider was convicted of first-degree assault Thursday in connection with brain damage suffered by a 13-month boy in her care.
   Mariel Grimm, 33, of 2069 Copper Lane, Eagan, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 29 in Dakota County Superior Court, according to the district attorney’s office. She was found guilty after the jury deliberated five hours. The felony assault charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
   Grimm provided daycare for the child she was convicted of assaulting since he was nine weeks old. The child’s parents reported nothing unusual when they dropped the child off shortly after 7 a.m. on September 22, 2016, according to the district attorney’s office. About six hours later, Grimm called 911 reporting the baby was unresponsive. Eagan police and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene.
   Emergency personnel found the child had a pulse but was breathing shallowly, and showing signs of head trauma, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case. The child was taken to Gillette Children’s Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a massive subdural hematoma, according to court records.
   Prosecutors alleged the child suffered head trauma consistent with a child being shaken or thrown.
   The child remained in the hospital for several months and suffered severe and permanent brain damage, according to the complaint. 
If you see this dog, please call Eagan Police 651-675-5700.

Shorkie Puppy Stolen in Burglary

   Eagan police have asked for the public’s help in finding a 10-week-old female Shorkie puppy stolen during a July 18 burglary on Ridgewood Drive.
   The dog is black and copper in color and answers to the name Penny. She was wearing a pink collar.
   Anyone with information is urged to call Eagan police at 651-675-5700 or the 24-hour confidential tipline at 651-675-5799. 
   Police believe the puppy was stolen, not lost, because a dog bed and other items to care for the dog were also taken, according to a police department spokesman. Although pet theft is believed to be increasing nationwide and the stolen breed is in high demand, local police don’t believe the home was targeted for the dog. In addition to the dog, other valuables were stolen from the home.
   Investigators consider the burglary a crime of opportunity, with entry to the home made through an open garage door.
   Shorkies are a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Yorkshire Terrier. Shorkie puppies sell online and through breeders for hundreds to thousands of dollars. A breeder in Washington reports enough demand to charge a $1,000 non-refundable deposit to be put on a waiting list for Shorkie puppies.
They are popular because they are small and typically quiet, good with children, and less troublesome for people with allergies.  
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