Kan. woman pleads in baby's hair dryer death

January 10, 2012 - 9:00 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas 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, 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.

KWBW-AM reports (http://bit.ly/xbEUM8 ) that Hippen faces roughly three to 11 years in prison. She'll be sentenced Feb. 24 — two years and one day after 2-month-old Karina Perez died of hyperthermia.

Hippen told investigators she placed a running hair dryer near Karina's bassinet to warm the baby, then fell asleep. Doctors have said Karina's temperature was 108 when she died.

Hippen's first trial ended in a mistrial.

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Information from: KWBW-AM.