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February 28, 2013 | A15

Mother gets four months for suffocating her infant BY JORGE SOSA FOR INDEPENDENT REVIEW

A mother accused of trying to suffocate her baby has been sentenced in Ramsey County to four months behind bars. L it c h f i e l d r e sid e nt K a tie Elaine Lewis, formerly of Hutchinson, admitted she suffocated her infant until the

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5-month-old boy passed out. Judge Judith Tilsen ordered Lewis to get treatment for her diag nosed disorder, ca l led Munchausen-by-proxy. Experts say the disorder is one in which someone, usually a parent, hurts another person to gain sympathy for themselves. The 25-year-old was also given a suspended sentence of a

year and a day and ordered to serve three years of probation. Prosecutors said a May 2 surveillance video from Children’s Hospital in St. Paul showed her pinching her son’s nose and covering his mouth. According to the criminal complaint, the infant “kicked frantically when he could not breathe.” The baby had been admitted

to the hospital the previous day, after he was monitored and tested at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis for several days. Lewis had reported that the baby would stop breathing, turn blue and then regain consciousness on several occasions. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Lewis pleaded guilty to domestic as-

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under current law. According to projections, Dassel would get more money from the state next year under Dayton’s proposal, but it would fare better under current law over time. It would receive $ 391,721 in aid under current law in 2018, but would receive only $ 378,866 in 2018 under Dayton’s proposal. Dassel Mayor Jeff Putnam said he’s not too concerned about the proposed changes to local government aid. “All I can do is look at the budget and take care of Dassel with what we got,” he said last week.

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A big question is whether voters would approve funding the technology initiative, in addition to maintaining the district’s current spending levels. “They don’t want to say no to kids, they don’t want to say no to schools, but they do want to say no to taxes,” Devine said. Three options are available to fund the technology propos-

Current Law 2013 Certified LGA

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Current Law 2014 Estimated LGA

Current Law 2018 Estimated LGA

Governor’s Proposal 2018 Estimated LGA

$5,968

$5,847

$7,318

$5,363

$5,692

Cosmos

128,232

123,562

142,242

116,178

123,562

Darwin

37,512

36,836

48,042

34,964

56,280

Dassel

301,387

319,044

345,577

391,721

378,866

Eden Valley

228,099

217,639

259,479

243,304

301,319

Grove City

156,743

150,393

175,793

149,854

196,410

Kingston

12,833

12,442

17,663

14,123

24,103

Litchfield

1,588,853

1,521,643

1,790,483

1,342,498

1,728,507

251,433

243,184

280,143

223,783

241,863

Watkins

Source: Minnesota Department of Revenue

al, according to District Business Manager Bill Menozzi. The district could potentially link the proposal to its operating levy, which voters approved via referendum in 2009. The referendum expires in 2016, but the district could seek to “revoke and replace” it with a new referendum, which would include money for technology upgrades. The current operating levy funds the district at a rate of $600 per student. Another possible option is

to hold a separate levy referendum and present the technology upgrades as a capital project, Menozzi said. A third option is to hold a debt service referendum, requesting that the district pay for the technology proposal through a bond, while seeking voter approval to pay back issued debt over a period of years. Board members expressed little interest in holding a referendum this spring, but some of them indicated this fall or next

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sault by strangulation. As part of that plea, counts of seconddegree assault and child endangerment were dropped. “We pursued (third-degree) assault charges to no avail,” noted Dennis Gerhardstein, public information officer with the County Attorney’s Office, in an e-mail. In addition to her probation, according to Gerhardstein, McLeod County is issuing a nocontact order between Lewis and

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