Eagan father charged in co-sleeping death of infant son - KMSP-TV

Eagan father charged in co-sleeping death of infant son

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HASTINGS, Minn. (KMSP) -

An Eagan man made his first court appearance on Tuesday to face multiple felony manslaughter charges after his young son died while sleeping in bed with his parents.

Police were called to the home of 30-year-old Nathan Scott Savage just before 6 a.m. on Oct. 19 and were met by the child's mother, who was crying and screaming, "How could you have done this to our child?"

By the time officers arrived, firefighters were already on scene trying to resuscitate Nolan Scott Sikich, who was fewer than 2 months old.

According to the criminal complaint, the police who were interviewing Savage detected a strong odor of alcohol, and he admitted to police that he had been drinking the evening before.

Charging documents state that Savage told police he laid the boy down in the master bed sometime between 10 p.m. and midnight the night before, and the boy's mother eventually joined the same bed. Savage told police he woke up at 5:55 a.m. when she shook him and asked where the boy was, and he then rolled over and found he had been lying on top of the boy.

Savage told police it was not the first time the boy had slept in bed with his parents, and prosecutors say the case is an example of why parents should avoid sleeping with newborns.

"This tragedy underscores the great danger associated with co-sleeping with an infant," Dakota county Attorney James Backstrom said. "Our deep sympathy is extended to the young victim's family."

The Ramsey County medical examiner ruled the boy died from "asphyxia due to probable overlay" and classified the death as "accidental." Savage has been charged with three felony counts of second-degree manslaughter and gross misdemeanor charges of neglect and endangerment of a child.

Bail for Savage was set at $50,000 without conditions or $10,000 with conditions. His next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. on May 27.

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