Retrial Set In Kansas Baby's Hair Dryer Death

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ A Hutchinson woman who used a hair dryer
to warm her infant daughter on a frigid night faces a second trial
next month for the baby's death from hyperthermia.

Brigit Hippen is charged with second-degree murder in the
February 2010 death of 2-month-old Karina Perez. Hippen's first
trial in August ended with a jury unable to agree on a verdict.

KWBW-AM ( ) reports that a Reno County judge
refused a defense request Wednesday to delay the Jan. 10 retrial.

Hippen is accused of causing the baby's death by placing a hair
dryer by the baby's crib to blow hot air on the child, then falling
asleep for several hours. Doctors have said Karina had a
temperature of 108 when she died.

Defense lawyers contend the death was a tragic accident.
Information from: KWBW-AM.

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