Archive for Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Retrial set in Kansas baby’s hair dryer death

December 28, 2011


— A Hutchinson woman who used a hair dryer to warm her infant daughter on a frigid night faces a second trial next month for the baby's death from hyperthermia.

Brigit Hippen is charged with second-degree murder in the February 2010 death of 2-month-old Karina Perez. Hippen's first trial in August ended with a jury unable to agree on a verdict.

KWBW-AM reports that a Reno County judge refused a defense request Wednesday to delay the Jan. 10 retrial.

Hippen is accused of causing the baby's death by placing a hair dryer by the baby's crib to blow hot air on the child, then falling asleep for several hours. Doctors have said Karina had a temperature of 108 when she died.

Defense lawyers contend the death was a tragic accident.


peartree 6 years, 5 months ago

This woman's brother put his then-girlfriend's 2-year-old in a coma last summer. I've also heard there is a third sibling who has had three babies die of SIDS.

So deeply sad.

littlexav 6 years, 5 months ago

I was going to call you out for unwarranted personal attacks, but I read the article and was mortified. I was also struck by one of the comments, which says "innocent until proven guilty" - then I remembered that only applies in a court of law. The court of public opinion is less gracious--and less merciful--but often times more just. These people obviously have NO idea how to care for children.

akt2 6 years, 5 months ago

Now let's hear the argument against mandatory sterilization. There is no argument and this is proof.

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