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Published November 13, 2009, 08:31 AM

Nearly 5 Years in Prison for Infant's Death

A woman who backed a minivan over a tent at a southern Minnesota campground and killed a baby is sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison.

A woman who backed a minivan over a tent at a southern Minnesota campground and killed a baby is sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison.

Nicolle Marie Mercedes Prechel was given a 58-month sentence for causing the death of 3-month-old Whyatt James Sander and injuring his mother.

Prechel sobbed as she apologized to the baby's parents and family during sentencing in Renville County District Court Thursday.

Prosecutors say Prechel backed over the tent July 5 after a night of drinking whiskey and smoking marijuana. The incident happened at Renville County's Beaver Falls Park.

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