Palisade man accused of killing infant child by throwing her

Published 6:27 am Thursday, December 15, 2016

PALISADE — A Palisade man is accused of killing his infant daughter by throwing her 12 feet into the air and across a kitchen.

Thirty-three-year-old John Peterson is charged with second-degree murder in the November death of the 5-week-old girl, who authorities say suffered head injuries including a skull fracture.

Peterson was arrested Tuesday and charged Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney representing him. He was to make his initial court appearance Thursday.

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If convicted, Peterson faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.