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LINCOLN COUNTY — A Minnesota woman who police said had fled that state with her 3-month-old infant has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after the vehicle they were in was involved in an early morning crash in Lincoln County on Monday.

Dectrini Vershun Boldien, 30, of Red Wing, Minnesota, and her 3-month-old infant were being treated at St. Louis-area hospitals, Lincoln County Prosecutor Mike Wood said.

Boldien's vehicle had a child restraint device, but the infant was not in it when the three-vehicle crash occurred, a witness told the Missouri Highway Patrol. The witness found the infant face down in a seat, not breathing, and began to perform CPR, the highway patrol report said.

The infant was in critical condition Monday night with severe brain swelling, multiple rib fractures and other injuries, Wood said. Boldien also was being treated, but was able to walk after the crash, Wood said.

Officers from the Troy, Missouri, Police Department responded to the crash just before 7 a.m. in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 61. Other details about the cause of the crash were not immediately available, although the highway patrol statement said at least one other person was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Boldien had fled the state of Minnesota with her infant, and has five other children in protective custody in that state after being accused of physical abuse, according to the highway patrol's probable cause statement. It also noted that the Olmstead County, Minnesota, Health, Housing and Human Services Department said Boldien had "unaddressed mental health needs."

A warrant was issued in Lincoln County for Boldien's arrest once she is released from the hospital, and bail was set at $250,000, cash only. A GPS monitor was listed as a condition of release. No attorney was listed for Boldien.

If convicted in Missouri of the felony endangerment charge, Wood said Boldien could face up to 15 years in prison. 

Taylor Tiamoyo Harris • 314-340-8319

@ladytiamoyo on Twitter

tharris@post-dispatch.com

This article originally ran on stltoday.com.

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