Washington County Sheriff’s Sergeant’s Daughter Dies of Accidental Strangulation

Camilla “Coco” Jacobson, the daughter of Sgt. Ty Jacobson, died July 29 of asphyxiation due to a neck compression, according to a report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office released by the Woodbury Department of Public Safety.

Officers were called to the Jacobson House in Baytown Township just after 2 p.m. on July 27 over a report that a girl inside the house “had choked and was purple,” according to police reports. . “The caller said she may have strangled herself.”

Camilla was taken by ambulance to St. Paul’s Regional Hospital and transferred to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, where she was pronounced dead two days later, police said.

Camilla was one of 11 children and loved her “amazing big family,” according to her obituary.

“Camilla was filled with endless happiness and laughter,” the obituary said. “She loved being with her cousins, classmates, ski jumping friends and most importantly, her 10 siblings.”

“His greatest achievement in his short life was to make his First Communion and receive his Brown Miraculous Scapular Medal in June,” according to his obituary. “Her freckled face, diamond blue eyes and bright, bright smile will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.”


Camilla “Coco” Jacobson. (Courtesy / Jacobson Family)

Camilla’s parents Ty and Veronica said through a family spokesperson they wanted to express their “unconditional gratitude” to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Bayport Fire Department , paramedics at Lakeview EMS and the entire law enforcement community. They also thanked the doctors and nurses at Gillette.

“We have been overwhelmed by your love and compassion for our angel Camilla and our family,” they said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has launched a GoFundMe fundraising site to raise money for the family. Law enforcement lined up in Washington County 14 as the family returned home from the hospital.

“Every time a child dies it’s a tragedy,” Sheriff Dan Starry said. “It is especially tragic when this child is one of us.”

The Woodbury Department of Public Safety has been tasked with investigating the girl’s death to avoid a conflict of interest, Cmdr. John Altman said.

A Christian funeral mass was held Wednesday at St. Anne’s Church in White Bear Lake. She was buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Bayport.

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