05-19-2011, 02:11 PM #1
MN - Alexis VanHoutan, 5 mos, shaken to death, Coon Rapids, 11 May 2011
Another case of shaken baby except this little angel passed away.
Charges against a Coon Rapids man accused of shaking his 5-month-old daughter were upgraded Tuesday to unintentional second-degree murder after the girl died.
VanHoutan told police Alexis had been crying "a little bit," seemed to be a little sleepier than usual that morning and that she would only open her eyes "a little bit," according to the charges against him. When he put the baby back to sleep, he said, she cried briefly and settled down. A few minutes later, he said, the baby wouldn't wake up, and she was limp, the charges said.
07-30-2015, 06:31 PM #2
From September 2012:
A 26-year-old man has been sent to prison for 128 months by an Anoka County District Court judge for the death of his five-month-old daughter...
In late June, Van Houtan had entered what is known as an Alford plea to a second-degree murder without intent charge...
VanHoutan’s daughter, Alexis, was admitted to Mercy Hospital May 11, 2011 where an examination found that she had retinal hemorrhaging and significant bleeding on the brain consistent with being shaken and she was then transferred to Minneapolis Children’s Hospital where she underwent surgery to alleviate the pressure inside of her skull, but she died May 15, 2011, the Anoka County Attorney’s Office stated in a press release.