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Alexandria Man Convicted In Baby’s Death Released From Prison

Court ActionALEXANDRIA (AP) – An Alexandria man convicted of killing his infant daughter seven years ago has been released from jail after winning a new trial.

Michael Hansen has been incarcerated for six years for the death of three-month-old Avryonna Hansen. He was released from the Douglas County Jail in Alexandria on Thursday after posting bail. A new trial was won on evidence presented by the Innocence Project of Minnesota.

A defense attorney says an independent review found the baby likely died of accidental suffocation while she slept. The infant’s death was ruled a homicide after a Ramsey County medical examiner found the girl had a skull fracture. The 34-year-old Hansen was convicted of second-degree murder in 2004 and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Hansen’s new trial is scheduled for October.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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