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Cambridge woman convicted of 2017 murder of infant

Cambridge woman convicted of 2017 murder of infant Photo: Isanti County

Updated: December 09, 2019 02:43 PM

A Cambridge woman charged with intentionally throwing her child down in a crib, causing his death, has been convicted of murder.

Shy Ann Hentges, 26, was found guilty of second-degree murder last week.

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According to a criminal complaint, the Isanti County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension were assigned to investigate the death of an infant who died on April 5, 2017.

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.

Charges: Woman Intentionally Threw Child, Causing Death

The complaint states the doorway would explain fractures on the child's head, but the fatal fracture occurred on the other side of the child's head.

When confronted by investigators, Hentges 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 states.

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.

She's set to be sentenced in February.

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