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Police file new search warrants in stabbing of toddler in Babbitt

Derek Klingfus was walking in the middle of the street holding a toddler horizontally and acting irrationally when a Babbitt neighbor called 911 on Jan. 24.

Derek Klingfus was walking in the middle of the street holding a toddler horizontally and acting irrationally when a Babbitt neighbor called 911 on Jan. 24.

Ten minutes later, Babbitt police Officer Jon Shenett was on the scene and found Klingfus in possession of a knife that he allegedly had used to stab the 3-year-old girl he had been carrying. After first deploying his Taser, Shenett shot Klingfus, 27, in the suspect's driveway.

Two search warrants were filed by investigators Tuesday after several others had been executed earlier laying out more information in the incident that occurred two weeks ago. No charges have been filed.

Prosecutor Gordon Coldagelli of the St. Louis County Attorney's Virginia office said he hasn't yet received police reports of the incident to make a charging decision.

"We're waiting for the results of testing by the BCA, primarily on blood and urine samples that they received from the defendant," Coldagelli said. "Obviously, because of his bizarre behavior as outlined in the search warrant, we need to find out if he was under the influence of something."

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Before shooting Klingfus, Shenett used his Taser on him as the suspect pointed a knife at the child in a threatening manner, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said. Klingfus underwent surgery to remove a bullet from his spine. A search warrant states that the bullet entered in the left shoulder area. The girl, Natalee Lynn Walker, sustained a stab wound to her upper-left torso and a laceration to her left knee, according to a search warrant.

The BCA has completed its investigation of the use of deadly force by the officer. On Tuesday, the bureau turned its findings over to the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, which submitted them to County Attorney Mark Rubin, who will determine if the use of deadly force was justified. Rubin said Tuesday that he expects to make that decision in the next two to three weeks.

According to court records, Klingfus was facing a theft charge in an active case. He pleaded guilty in St. Louis County District Court in Virginia in December to possession of a controlled substance. A charge of felony theft was dismissed.

In January, he was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and entered the Range Drug Court for the controlled substance conviction.

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