Minnesota father charged with murdering daughter, then blaming his CAT for fatal injuries to baby

The Minnesota father is accused of beating his two-month-old daughter to death, alleging that his CAT caused the child’s horrific injuries by lying on top of her.

  • A Minnesota father is accused of murdering his baby and accuses his cat of the fatal injuries, including brain haemorrhages, broken ribs and broken legs
  • Kristopher Henderson was charged Friday with unintentional first degree murder, first degree manslaughter during malicious punishment of a child
  • The 39-year-old from Mankato is accused of inflicting fatal injuries on his two-month-old daughter at their home in Mankato in late September.
  • The child was taken to hospital on September 23 with a brain haemorrhage. broken ribs along with both broken legs
  • The baby had ‘little to no brain activity’ before she was pronounced dead on Nov. 3 earlier this month, the news channel reported
  • He initially tried to blame a family cat for the baby’s fatal injuries



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A Minnesota father beat his two-month-old daughter to death and then tried to claim she was fatally injured by his cat lying on top of her, police say.

Kristopher Dale Arlando Henderson, 39, was charged in Blue Earth County court on Friday with the first degree murder of his unidentified daughter.

She was fatally injured at his home in Mankato on Sept. 23 and died Nov. 3 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester after lengthy efforts to save the child were unsuccessful.

The girl’s mother, who has not been identified, told police her daughter was okay when she left her home to go to work the day the fatal injuries – broken legs, broken ribs and a brain haemorrhage – were inflicted.

She fed the little girl and then put her back to sleep. The woman said Henderson texted her at 5 p.m. to say he caught the family’s 19-pound cat “laying” on the baby as the mother came home from work an hour later.

According to law and crime, she was stunned to find that her daughter’s eyes had ‘popped’ out of her head, and took the child to the local emergency room after calling her own mother for advice.

Pictured: Kristopher Henderson, 39, was charged Friday with unintentional first-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter while committing malicious punishment of a child

Pictured: Kristopher Henderson, 39, was charged Friday with unintentional first-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter while committing malicious punishment of a child

Henderson was still in Blue Earth County jail, pictured, as of Wednesday morning, with his bail increased to $1 million after his charges were groundless to second-degree

Henderson was still in Blue Earth County jail, pictured, as of Wednesday morning, with his bail increased to $1 million after his charges were groundless to second-degree

Henderson was still in Blue Earth County jail, pictured, as of Wednesday morning, with his bail increased to $1 million after his charges were groundless to second-degree

Police were called, with Henderson initially claiming to have no idea how the baby was injured before blaming the family’s cat.

They continued to search Henderson for answers, who went on to say he may have been “a little rough” while changing the girl’s diaper.

In a follow-up interview on Oct. 1, Henderson is said to have admitted that on the day of the girl’s death, he “crawled the child in his arms and beat her back more forcefully than usual,” according to the Southern Minnesota News.

The girl was transferred from the emergency room to the prestigious Mayo Clinic, but was taken off the ventilator on Nov. 3 after being declared brain dead.

Kristopher Dale Arlando Henderson, 39, was charged Friday in Blue Earth County District Court with unintentional second-degree murder while committing a felony and first-degree manslaughter while committing malicious punishment of a child, according to the Mankato free press.

Henderson, pictured, is being held in prison on suspicion of murdering his daughter

Henderson, pictured, is being held in prison on suspicion of murdering his daughter

Henderson, pictured, is being held in prison on suspicion of murdering his daughter

Pictured: A Mankato police car, the Minnesota town where Henderson lived and where the child's fatal injuries are said to have occurred

Pictured: A Mankato police car, the Minnesota town where Henderson lived and where the child's fatal injuries are said to have occurred

Pictured: A Mankato police car, the Minnesota town where Henderson lived and where the child’s fatal injuries are said to have occurred

The baby had “little to no brain activity” before she was pronounced dead on Nov. 3 earlier this month, the news outlet reported.

Meanwhile, autopsy results for the child’s death remain pending.

Authorities believe Henderson was only caring for the child at the time of the injuries.

He was originally only charged with first-degree assault, but the charges were upgraded after the girl’s death, just over two weeks after she was hospitalized.

According to the Free Press, he was still in the Blue Earth County Jail as of Wednesday morning.

Henderson’s bail has since been increased to $1 million.

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