Murder Charges Filed against Former Duluth Man in Child’s Death

Murder charges have been filed against a former Duluth man in connection to the death of a toddler on the White Earth Reservation. 

23-year-old Sterling Andersen, now of Ogema, was charged In Becker County Court with two counts of second degree murder for the death of 3-year-old Steven Warren. 

According to the criminal complaint, the child lived with his grandfather and had gone on October 6 to spend the night with his mom and Andersen, who is her boyfriend. 

The child’s mother left the two home alone the morning of October 7.

 Andersen told authorities he took Warren for a walk in the woods, and the child was running downhill and fell into a log.   Andersen said he was crying and he took him back home and put him on the bed. 

He told police he went back to check on the toddler around ten minutes later and he was unresponsive. That’s when he took him to a neighbor’s house and 911 was called. 

Warren was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes before being transferred to Sanford Hospital in Fargo, where he later died. 

Medical personnel noted the child’s injuries were inconsistent with Andersen’s story. 

An autopsy found over 26 bruises to his head and abdomen. 

During a police interview, Andersen allegedly admitted to striking the child because he would not quit crying, telling authorities that he “lost control.”

Bail has been set at $2 million without conditions and $1 million with conditions. 

Andersen will be back in court on October 19.

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