Father pleads guilty to burning one young son, whipping another

Trumaine Ollie pleaded guilty on Monday in Ramsey County District Court to one felony and two gross-misdemeanor counts of malicious punishment of a child.

Ollie, 25, of St. Paul, brought his 5-year-old son to Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Feb. 9 with third-degree burns severe enough to need skin grafts, the complaint said. Ollie told the staff that the boy had accidentally spilled hot water on himself.

The complaint said the boy told medical staff that he was burned when his father put him in the bathtub. He said he was being punished for going in the candy jar.

Police later learned that Ollie's other 5-year-old, apparently the burned child's twin, had marks, scars, bruises and cuts over his body from being whipped with a cord. A third boy, age 6, also had scars from being whipped but refused to tell officers who had caused them. Ollie will be sentenced Aug. 27.


Defendant admits to manslaughter in fatal beating outside St. Paul bar

Keng Xiong pleaded guilty Monday in Ramsey County District Court to first-degree manslaughter for his role in the fatal beating last spring of 20-year-old Tai Yang.

Xiong, 24, was one of seven defendants charged in the May 10, 2009, incident outside the Moonlight Magic bar in St. Paul. Charges were dismissed against two people. Thai Chang pleaded guilty in January to manslaughter. Nou Chang was found guilty last month of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Chue Yang and Michelle Vue are awaiting trial.

Xiong will be sentenced June 29.


Victim in Crystal car accident identified as Minneapolis man, 64

Authorities have released the name of a 64-year-old Minneapolis man killed late Saturday when the car he was driving hit a berm in front of a parking lot in Crystal and went airborne.

The victim was Dennis Michael Baumann, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.

Baumann's family told police he had a history of medical problems they suspect led to the accident. The medical examiner said he died of multiple blunt-force injuries.

The accident happened around 11 p.m. Saturday after Baumann's car, headed north on Douglas Drive N., grazed another car and kept going at a high rate of speed. When he came to the intersection with W. Broadway, his car hit a berm in front of the Crystal Fire Department parking lot and flew 50 to 60 feet through the air. He was thrown from the car and died at the scene.