Charges Dropped Against Man In Baby’s Death

Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at 8:44 am

Charges against an Alexandria man who has served six years in prison for the death of his infant daughter have been dropped.

Michael Hansen was released from prison in August after a judge overturned his conviction based on evidence by the Innocence Project of Minnesota, which argued independent medical experts found that the baby likely died of accidental suffocation while sleeping.

In a statement Friday, the Douglas County Attorney’s Office said it “no longer believes that it can prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

A jury found Hansen guilty in 2006 of second-degree murder in the death of his 4-month-old daughter, Avryonna. The baby died in 2004.

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