Kan. woman sentenced in baby's hair dryer death

February 28, 2012 - 5:15 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman who left a hair dryer running to warm her infant daughter on a freezing night has been sentenced to three years' probation for the baby's death from hyperthermia.

KWBW-AM reports (http://bit.ly/xevR7b ) that Brigit (BRIHJ'-eht) Hippen, of Hutchinson, could go to prison if she violates terms of the community correction sentence she received Tuesday in Reno County District Court.

Hippen pleaded no contest last month to involuntary manslaughter in the February 2010 death of her 2-month-old daughter, Karina Perez. Hippen had been charged with second-degree murder.

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.

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Information from: KWBW-AM.