Rochester man accused of killing 4-month-old baby

Published 9:06 am Thursday, February 10, 2011

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Rochester man is accused of killing a 4-month-old baby by throwing him, shaking him and placing a pillow over his face.

A 25-year-old Michael Smith told investigators he returned to the mobile home he rented with the baby’s mother late Sunday night to sleep. When the child, Aiden Joseph Hoyer, began crying, Smith said he threw him two to three feet into his crib, shook him from side to side and placed a pillow over his face to make him stop. Smith said he was drunk at the time.

The child was unresponsive when officers arrived at the home.

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Smith is charged with second-degree unintentional murder. His bail is set at $750,000.