Mankato man charged with murder, manslaughter in infant death


MANKATO – A man from Mankato was sentenced to bail of $ 1 million on Tuesday for causing the death of his 2-month-old daughter.

Kristopher Dale Arlando Henderson, 39, is charged by Blue Earth County District Court with second degree murder without intent, first degree manslaughter, first degree assault and three counts of punishment malicious behavior of a child.

Judge Gregory J. Anderson on Tuesday set the conditional bond at $ 1 million and the unconditional bond at $ 1.5 million.

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A criminal complaint was first filed in the case on October 25, charging Henderson with a single count of first-degree assault, but an amended criminal complaint was filed on November 19. The child died on the morning of November 3. A cause of death was not included in the criminal complaint.

Mankato police were alerted to a possible case of child abuse on September 24, 2021. The day before, a 2-month-old girl was taken to a hospital in Mankato by her parents. The baby was determined to have sustained multiple injuries, including brain hemorrhage, rib fractures and fractures of the femurs, according to the criminal complaint.

The girl’s mother told police on September 24 that the baby was fine when she bottle-fed him before leaving for work on the morning of September 23. The woman said she received a message from Henderson at around 4:40 p.m. that day saying he caught the 19-pound cat lying on the baby. When she got home, she noticed the baby did not look the same and took her to the hospital within an hour of returning from work.

In an initial interview with police, Henderson told police he did not know how the baby was injured and that he had not assaulted her, the criminal complaint says. On October 1, Henderson spoke to investigators again and allegedly admitted to cradling the baby face down in his arms and hitting her “harder than usual for what he estimated to be five minutes while trying to hold her down. calm”.

Henderson’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 15, 2022.


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