Bail Set For Woman Charged in Infant's Death

Shy Hentges Photo: Isanti County
Shy Hentges

January 12, 2018 02:19 PM

The Braham woman charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in the death of her infant boy last April was in court Friday in Isanti County.

Bail for 24-year-old Shy Ann Hentges was set at $500,000 without conditions and $250,000 with conditions. She remained in custody in the Isanti County Jail as of Friday afternoon.

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Her next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 25.

According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Isanti County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension were assigned to the death investigation of an infant boy who died on April 5 of last year. The child in question belonged to Hentges.

Experts with the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office called the death a homicide, and said the child died of blunt force head injuries.

In an interview with investigators, Hentges said on April 5, she woke up at 2 a.m. to feed the child, then put him back down to sleep a half-hour later. Hentges told investigators that during the 2 a.m. feeding, the left side of the child's head hit the doorway of the bathroom.

According to the complaint, the bump with the doorway would explain fractures on the child's head that were healing. But the fatal skull fracture occurred on the right side of the head.

RELATED: Infant Dead in Braham, Investigation Underway

The complaint said when Hentges was confronted by investigators, she admitted to "maybe putting (the child) down too forcefully" in his crib. She told investigators she had thrown the child into the crib, causing his head to hit the wall.

The complaint also said investigators looked at text messages and Facebook messages sent by Hentges. In text messages to her sister, Hentges said she was second-guessing her decision in "keeping this kid," according to the complaint. She also complained about the lack of sleep she received due to care of the child.

In a January interview with Hentges, investigators had her recreate how she put the child back into his crib. Investigators said the way she carried the child and repositioned his body in her arms before throwing him down appeared to be intentional.

 

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