Cass Lake man pleads not guilty to murder of 4-year-old

A Cass Lake man entered a not guilty plea yesterday in Itasca County, on second-degree murder charges relating to the death of his girlfriend’s four-year-old son.

According to the criminal complaint, 29-year-old Kevin Daniel Jackson and the boy’s mother were using methamphetamine the night before Aug. 21, 2019.

The boy’s mother told police she found her son on the couch in her home in Inger, wrapped in blankets and his lips were blue.

Paramedics found the boy unresponsive and were unable to revive him. His injuries were reportedly consistent with strangulation.

Jackson’s trial is set for early June in Itasca County, with a pre-trial date set for the end of this month.

Inger is a village about 56 miles east of Bemidji, on the Leech Lake reservation, northeast of Lake Winnibigoshish.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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