Moms Kills Infant Daughter By Leaving Running Hair Dryer In Her Crib

“A woman who left a hair dryer running to warm her infant daughter on a freezing night has pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in the baby’s death.

Brigit Hippen, of Hutchinson, Kansas, had been scheduled to go on trial Tuesday for a second time on a charge of second-degree murder. Instead, she pleaded to the lesser charge in Reno County District Court.

Hippen faces anything from 3 to 11 years in prison, the Associated Press reports. She will be sentenced on February 24 – two years and one day after two-month-old Karina Perez died of hyperthermia.

Hippen told investigators she placed a running hair dryer near Karina’s crib to keep the baby warm, then fell asleep. Doctors have said Karina’s temperature was 108 when she died. Hippen’s first trial ended in a mistrial.

Hippen still faces trial for a separate case in which she is charged with felony criminal damage to property and misdemeanor battery in a separate incident. The trial in that case is tentatively set for February 28. This case centers on an incident which occurred on May 29 of last year, when she allegedly punched another woman in the face for dancing with her boyfriend. Hippen is also accused of damaging the woman’s car.”

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