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Monona Family Takes Injured Toddler Off Life Support
By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter
MONONA, Iowa - The family of an injured Monona toddler says they're desperate to find the man they believe knows something about how she got hurt.
18-month-old Myah Larson suffered severe brain damage, leaving her blind and unable to eat on her own, according to her great aunt, Laurie McCracken. Her family took her off life support Tuesday.
"We don't know why she's still holding on," said McCracken. "Maybe it's because we are a Christian family and she's waiting for God's arms to open for her."
Police found Larson unresponsive at her mother's home, at 103 1/2 E. Center Street in Monona, on July 15. McCracken says doctors told the family the injuries were consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Police are now searching for her mother's boyfriend, 21-year-old Troy Laufenberg, 21. He is wanted on charges of child endangerment, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Investigators say Laufenberg has several friends and family in the Dubuque area. However, officers' attempts to contact Laufenberg through those friends have turned up unsuccessful.
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