Minnesota baby beaten to death had 33 rib fractures, skull break, cops say. Mom arrested.

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Source: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Nov. 15 2021, Published 9:11 a.m. ET

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    A Minnesota woman is accused of beating her newborn son to death last week.

    Addison Sioux Perdew, 23, was charged with one count each of second-degree intentional murder and second-degree unintentional murder after of killing her two-month-old son on Nov. 10 in the 900 block of 22nd Avenue South, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

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    Minneapolis police responded to Perdew's apartment around 3 a.m., where a baby had been "beaten to death," and reportedly found Perdew inside crying, vomiting and claiming that she had consumed a bottle of pills, along with a bottle of Bacardi Rum that was about three-quarters empty.

    Officers reportedly asked Perdew where her child was. Court documents showed she pointed to the back of the apartment and found "a small leg poking out from under a blanket on a bed. There, police found a naked baby boy with dried blood around his nose and mouth, bruising spanning his arms, legs, torso and head. He was cold to the touch and police pronounced the infant dead at the scene."

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    The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office determined the boy died of blunt force injuries and the child suffered 33 rib fractures, multiple skull fractures, lacerations of the liver, a fractured right clavicle and hemorrhaging in the brain and both lungs, according to The Star Tribune.

    Perdew reportedly told police she did not recall beating the child but "was the only person there, and must have done it," according to WCCO 4 News.

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    Police also received a video Perdew sent to someone a few days earlier, which reportedly showed the baby was crying in a car seat. Perdew, according to a criminal complaint and reported by local media, called the baby "annoying," and said "go to sleep."

    Perdew also allegedly sent text messages to others that said, "Im bout to kill him" and "im gonna choke him," among other texts, according to court documents.

    Minutes before police arrived at her apartment Wednesday, officials said, Perdew reportedly texted someone, "I'm not going to prison' n I can't bring him back to life," according to KSTP 5 News.

    Perdew was ordered held at the Hennepin County jail on $1 million bail.

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