Complaint: Woodbury man intentionally dropped infant on head, leads to child's death

Complaint: Woodbury man intentionally dropped infant on head, leads to child's death Photo: KSTP

Updated: August 09, 2019 05:49 PM

A Woodbury man faces multiple charges after authorities say he intentionally dropped his child on his head.

A criminal complaint states Matthew Christian Hoisser faces two counts of second-degree murder.


According to a criminal complaint, authorities were called on April 29 by Washington County Child Protection on the report of a 4-month-old boy who was hospitalized after he started breathing. On April 30, the child was removed from life support and died.

The complaint said during the autopsy of the child, the medical examiner found evidence of two brain injuries.

When speaking to Hoisser, his wife and their day care provider, the three told investigators the child was "fussier than usual" on April 12, according to the complaint. The child was later taken to the hospital, where a doctor diagnosed him with hand, foot and mouth disease.

The child returned to day care days later. 

On April 24, Hoisser watched the child during the evening. 

The next morning, Hoisser's wife again told the day care provider that the infant was "fussier than usual." Later in the morning, the day care provider found the child "limp and quiet," according to the complaint. The child was then taken to the hospital. 

According to the complaint, the medical examiner determined the child died of blunt force trauma that would have occurred "within hours" of the day care provider noticing the child's symptoms. The medical examiner said the second injury occurred within a week or two of the child's hospitalization. 

During an interview with investigators, Hoisser said a few weeks prior to the child's hospitalization, he had laid the child on a portion of the floor without carpet and the child's head hit the floor, according to the complaint. 

Hoisser went on to tell investigators that on April 24 the child was being "difficult" as he was caring for him. The complaint says Hoisser was so frustrated he "intentionally dropped the infant headfirst into the ground." 

Each count Hoisser faces carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.

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