Dad is charged with murder after blaming the cat for the baby's serious injuries.
A Minnesota man has been charged with murdering his infant after he allegedly blamed the household cat for her fractured legs, brain hemorrhage, and broken ribs.
The Mankato Free Press stated that Kristopher Henderson, 39, is suspected of inflicting the horrendous injuries on his two-month-old daughter in September at their Mankato home.
The infant was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 23 for treatment of her injuries, but she died early this month.
According to court filings, she had "little to no brain activity" prior to being pronounced dead on Nov. 3.
Henderson originally attempted to blame the injuries on the family's cat, police claimed.
He eventually acknowledged to striking the infant repeatedly on her back for five minutes in an attempt to calm her.
Henderson admitted to authorities that he struck the girl hard enough to shatter her ribs.
In the aftermath of the girl's death, the father's charges were raised to second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony and first-degree manslaughter while performing malicious punishment of a child.
He is currently being jailed on a $1 million bond.
The official cause of death of the infant is still pending autopsy results.