An arrest has been made in connection with the January 8 death of a 5-year-old girl from Eagle Grove. Iowa Department of Public Safety spokesperson Jessica Lown says the Iowa D.C.I. and Eagle Grove Police have been investigating the case for more than three months.

“And today, they executed an arrest on 20-year-old Kara Crapser,” Lown said. Crapser is charged with first-degree murder.

Lown describes Crapser as the “significant other” of the child’s father, Robert Valentine. Crapser was arrested at 11 a.m. today in Lehigh.

The victim in the case, 5-year-old Mikayla Valentine, was taken by air ambulance to University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City on January 7. “The child was found unresponsive and taken to the hospital where she died the next day,” Lown said. “An autopsy was performed…and the cause of death was determined to be abusive head trauma.”

Additional charges in the case are pending, according to Lown.