A Minnesota Man Wanted to Smoke in Peace. So He Put a Pillow Over His Daughter’s Face to ‘Muffle the Sound,’ Killing Her.

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Source: Anoka County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

May 22 2023, Published 11:25 a.m. ET

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A man in Minnesota faces up to 40 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to killing his 3-month-old daughter when she wouldn’t stop crying.

Benjamin Alexander Russell, 38, recently formally entered a guilty plea in connection with the second-degree murder of his newborn girl, Suvanna LeeAnn Kreye-Russell, in January 2009, show court documents obtained by KSTP-TV reported.

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As FrontPageDetectives previously reported, Russell told the baby’s mother that their little girl was crying in her crib while he was watching her at their Coon Rapids home and he “couldn’t handle it,” so he placed a pillow over her face to “muffle the sound,” according to a criminal complaint.

Russell, a father of two, admitted to the crime last summer after the mother contacted police and claimed he told her that he was responsible for their daughter’s death.


Russell will be sentenced on July 31.


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