Convicted MN child killer asks for release while awaiting new trial

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Douglas County District Court judge
says she needs more time to decide whether a man convicted in 2006 of killing his infant daughter should be released while he waits for his new trial.

The Innocence Project of Minnesota has been working to free
Michael Hanson who has been in prison for the 2004 death of his three-month-old daughter, Avryonna Hansen.

Two medical examiners originally found the baby suffered a skull fracture before she died. Her death was ruled a homicide.

But Innocence Project attorney Julie Jonas says an independent
review found the skull fracture occurred several days before
Avryonna died and could not have caused her death. She says
Avryonna most likely died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

A judge declined to set bail for Hansen at a hearing Wednesday
afternoon. Minnesota Public Radio News says a new hearing could be scheduled as early as next week.

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