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Man pleads guilty to killing 13-month-old daughter

Forum News Service DULUTH -- The father of a 13-month-old girl admitted in a Duluth courtroom Monday that he suffocated his daughter and caused her death. Christopher Dennis Peterson, 30, pleaded guilty in State District Court to second-degree mu...

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DULUTH -- The father of a 13-month-old girl admitted in a Duluth courtroom Monday that he suffocated his daughter and caused her death.

Christopher Dennis Peterson, 30, pleaded guilty in State District Court to second-degree murder in the July 6 death of his daughter, Layna.

Peterson will be formally sentenced on Nov. 12 in front of State District Judge Eric Hylden. Part of the plea agreement is that he will be sentenced to 40 years in state prison, the maximum allowed under state guidelines.

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The child’s mother found the girl unresponsive shortly before noon on July 6 and called 911. The child was dead when police arrived.

On July 28, Peterson told Duluth police that he would frequently become frustrated with his daughter’s crying, and to stop her from fussing he would suffocate her by placing his hand over her mouth and pinching her nostrils closed.

The defendant said he did not intend for his daughter to die. He told investigators that when he did it to the girl in the past, she always resumed breathing.

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