Police were called to the home of 33-year-old John Peterson after the mother of the 5-week-old girl called to report the girl was having trouble breathing.
Peterson said that the girl was being fussy earlier then stopped breathing. Paramedics performed CPR on the child and get a pulse before taking her to the hospital.
After examine the girl, hospital staff would tell police the girl was suffering from a severe head injury, and suspected abuse.
When police interviewed Peterson, he admitted he’d lied and that he had accidentally dropped the girl in the sink and she’d hit her head on the sink’s divider.
The girl was taken off life support a few days later and pronounced dead. After doctors concluded the girl’s head injury couldn’t have come from a standard fall, police interviewed Peterson again.
When presented with evidence that he was lying, Peterson finally told the truth about what happened. He said that he lost his temper when the newborn would not stop crying, and he threw her 12 feet into the air, from the living room to the kitchen.
Peterson said the infant landed on her back and skidded across the floor before hitting her head on the bottom of the cupboards.
Police subsequently arrested Peterson, charging him with second-degree murder. He is currently being held in the Aitkin County Jail on $1 million bail. He’s looking at a possible 40 years in prison if convicted.Tags: Child Abuse, Crime, John Peterson, Minnesotta, Murder