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Suspect arrested in death of toddler

A Minnesota man is a suspect in the death of his 18-month-old stepson, who died last week in Pierce County.

Tylar James Hokanson, 22, is being held in the Dakota County jail as authorities from that county and Pierce County investigate the death of Nicholas Miller.

A Northfield (Minn.) News obituary lists the boy's parents as Melissa Hokanson of Northfield, and Brian Miller of Castle Rock, Minn. His step-grandparents are Ruth and Walter Hunecke of Maiden Rock.

Tylar Hokanson was taken into custody Saturday. The Dakota County jail's Web site identifies the grounds for arrest as probable cause -- murder in the second degree, without intent.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's print edition of the Republican Eagle.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.