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Brooklyn Center babysitter charged in death of 9-month-old boy

By Tim HarlowSeptember 24, 2018

A Brooklyn Center woman has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder without intent in connection with the death of an infant boy who she allegedly handled in a rough and aggressive manner while he was in her care.

Jennifer Lynn Baldwin, 37, was charged Monday with the felonies in Hennepin County District Court after the Hennepin County medical examiner ruled 9-month-old Colton Logan Senogless March 20th death a homicide caused by a blunt force head injury.

According to the charges, the boy arrived had Baldwins home for babysitting on the morning of March 15 and was able to sit, play with toys, hold his own bottle and interact with other children. About an hour after he arrived, Baldwin called his mother and told her to come get the him because somethings not right.

Baldwin called 911 and when police arrived to the home on the 6400 block of Fremont Ave N., they found the boy lethargic and laboring to breathe, the charges said. First responders rushed the boy to a hospital where he was treated for brain injury that included bleeding and swelling in the brain.

Senogles, who lived in Blaine, died five days later and the medical examiners report indicated he suffered brain damage due to blunt force trauma and blood and oxygen depravation. He also had contusions on the left scalp and right ear and retinal hemorrhages in both eyes, the medical examiners report said.

Baldwin first told authorities that the boy had taken her sons bottle, so she made him a new one. She said the boy drank from it, according to the charges, then fell asleep for about 30 minutes. When he woke up, he was fussy and needed a dry outfit. When Baldwin laid him down to change him, she said the boys eyes rolled back and he looked like he was in a different world.

Authorities questioned Baldwin again and brought the autopsy results and a report from a child abuse specialist. When confronted with the medical evidence, the charges say Baldwin admitted that she had handled the boy roughly and aggressively and saw a change in the boys behavior immediately afterward.

Baldwin told authorities that she didnt get much sleep the previous night, and that she had not taken medication for anxiety or mood disorders. She also had just regained custody of her children from child protection and was experiencing financial problems, the complaint said.

Baldwin was arrested Monday and is currently in police custody, said Brooklyn Center Police Cmdr. Richard Gabler.

Staff writer Hannah Covington contributed to this report. Tim Harlow 612-673-7768

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