Redwood Baby Murder Charges 08 Feb 13

A teenage mother from Redwood Falls is facing 2nd-degree murder charges for the death of her 22-month-old son. Bail for 18-year-old Sandra Highbear was set at $2-million on Thursday, and funeral services for Conroy Highbear were postponed. Officers responded to a report of a child not breathing last Saturday, but attempts to revive Conroy were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead. An autopsy determined the boy died of blunt force injury to the abdomen. He also had traumatic head injuries, hemorrhages and contusions to his body. Following her arrest, Highbear allegedly admitted to police that she had hit the child every other day, and would also strike him on the head on occasion.