By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2020

EYOTA, Minn. (AP) - The older brother of a 5-year-old boy is accused of causing the child’s death in Olmsted County.

Deputies were called to a home in Eyota Monday afternoon and found the victim not breathing in an upstairs bedroom, according to sheriff’s officials.

The child was rushed to St. Marys hospital in Rochester were he was pronounced dead. Officials say the preliminary cause of death is asphyxiation.

Investigators say the mother left the home for a time and returned to find the boy dead, then called 911. The Sheriff’s Office says four other children were in the home at the time.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assisted local law enforcement with the investigation and the 17-year-old brother was arrested and taken to the Dakota County Juvenile Detention Center.

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