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A Minnesota Woman Called Her Baby Boy 'Annoying' Because He Wouldn't Sleep. Then, She Gave Him 33 Rib Fractures and He Died.

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Source: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Sep. 19 2023, Published 3:02 p.m. ET

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    A Minnesota woman accused of beating her newborn son to death is now facing decades behind bars.

    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 almost two years ago in Minneapolis, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.

    In exchange for pleading guilty to one count of murder without intent, prosecutors agreed to drop the murder with intent charge against Perdew.

    Hennepin County District Court Judge Tamara G. Garcia recently sentenced Perdew to 261 months in prison, or nearly 22 years.

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    Minneapolis police responded to Perdew's apartment around 3 a.m. on Nov. 10, 2021, and found a baby who had been "beaten to death." Officer also reportedly located Perdew inside crying, vomiting and claiming that she had consumed a bottle of pills and a bottle of Bacardi Rum that was about three-quarters empty.

    Officers asked Perdew where her child was. Court documents showed she pointed to the back of the apartment and they found "a small leg poking out from under a blanket on a bed." Police said the naked baby boy had "dried blood around his nose and mouth, bruising spanning his arms, legs, torso and head" and he "was cold to the touch."

    The infant was pronounced 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.

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    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.

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