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Brainerd officers arrest woman for child endangerment

While holding the baby with one arm, Karlson rapidly swung around and went into a nearby bedroom and slammed the door behind her. The baby’s head jerked backwards and forwards and her arms and legs were swinging back and forth when Karlson went into the bedroom, police reported.

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A 19-year-old Brainerd woman faces criminal charges after police were notified she was endangering her baby girl.

Sonoma Maria Karlson was charged May 19 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd for making felony threats of violence and three gross misdemeanors of endangering a child in a situation that could cause harm, contributing the need for child protection or services and obstructing the legal process.

Sonoma Maria Karlson
Sonoma Maria Karlson

According to the criminal complaint, a woman called the Brainerd Police Department May 17 as she was concerned for Karlson, Karlson’s 3-month-old daughter and herself. The woman stated Karlson and Karlson’s husband have custody of the baby. The woman, who is known to Karlson, said Karlson recently texted her with suicidal comments. She stated Karlson also admitted she was high while taking care of her daughter.

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Karlson made several statements regarding her mental health and not taking her medications, the complaint stated. The woman stated it’s an ongoing problem and she’s helped watch the baby because Karlson does not want to take care of the child. The woman was in contact with Crow Wing County Social Services in regard to child protection as she does not believe the child is in a safe environment.

Officers went to Karlson’s residence in Brainerd to conduct a welfare check. Karlson’s husband stated Karlson was suffering from depression as a result of their daughter. He agreed with officers that Karlson needed some assistance.

Karlson invited officers inside and they immediately smelled the odor of marijuana. Karlson stated she smoked one or two days ago inside the house but not today. Karlson said her daughter was in a bassinet on the living room floor.

The officers told Karlson why they were at her residence and she became agitated and angry at the officers, started yelling at them to leave and swore at them, according to the police report. While holding the baby with one arm, Karlson rapidly swung around and went into a nearby bedroom and slammed the door behind her. The baby’s head jerked backwards and forwards and her arms and legs were swinging back and forth when Karlson went into the bedroom, police reported.

Officers knocked on the bedroom door, which was locked, and Karlson continued to scream and swear at officers to leave, according to the complaint. The officers stated they could not leave until they made sure the baby was OK.

Karlson eventually opened the door and was still holding the baby with one arm. Officers requested her to hand the baby to one of the officers, place her on the bed or in the bassinet. After multiple requests, Karlson agreed to put the baby in the bassinet. After the baby was placed in the bassinet, an officer removed the baby.

Officers discovered drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana along with a jar containing marijuana wax inside, a metal pipe and a glass pipe with torches, all in the bedroom located on the bed next to the baby food on the nightstand and near a bassinet.

When informed she was being arrested for domestic assault, Karlson resisted the officers, yelled at them and at one point, kicked and swung at them, according to the complaint.

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Karlson eventually was detained and her daughter was placed on a 72-hour protective hold.

Karlson was released on her own recognizance and must follow conditions of release including not possessing firearms or dangerous weapons, not using alcohol or controlled substances and making all her future court hearings.

Her next court hearing is June 22.

Sonoma Maria Karlson
Sonoma Maria Karlson

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