Toddler shot in eye by BB gun, father arrested

The Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office reports that a 2-and-a-half-year-old boy was airlifted to the University of Minnesota after suffering a BB gun shot to the eye.

According to a release, the incident happened Monday, Feb. 10, and a deputy was at the local hospital on another matter when the mother brought the child in.

On Feb. 13, following an investigation, a search warrant was executed at a home in McGregor, where the child and his parents live.

Dale Preston, 38, of McGregor, was arraigned last Friday on multiple charges, including felony assault, felony child endangerment, felony store methamphetamine in the presence of the child, and multiple misdemeanors.

Bail was set at $75,000 with no conditions for Preston.


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 family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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