Duluth man arrested after homicide of child in Lakeside

The man has been taken into custody for charges relating to the death of a 3-year-old in early September.

Jordan Carter

A Duluth man has been arrested and is awaiting formal second-degree murder charges for the death of a 3-year-old child. Jordan William Carter, 30, was taken into custody by Duluth police for charges relating to the child's death.

Officers responded to the scene of an unresponsive child on the 4700 block of East Colorado Street around 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4. According to a report from the Duluth Police Department, the child was immediately taken to a hospital, but due to the severity of injuries, the child was transported to the Children's Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and the child was pronounced dead on Sept. 6 at 1:48 p.m.

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Due to the suspicious nature of the child's injuries, the police department's sex crimes, child neglect and violent crimes units began an investigation. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and laboratory tests to determine the cause and manner of death. The medical examiner's office ruled the child's death a homicide on Dec. 15.

Carter is currently being held at the St. Louis County Jail awaiting formal charges by the St. Louis County Attorney's Office.


This is the first homicide in Duluth in a year, the most recent being the Sept. 22, 2019, shooting death of Timothy Jon Nelson in West Duluth. Christopher Floyd Boder, 32, was convicted by a jury in October of aiding and abetting intentional second-degree murder and sentenced in November to 25½ years in prison. James Michael Peterson, 39, is accused of the same charge, and is scheduled to stand trial March 2, barring any legal delays or an extension of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions at the courthouse.

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