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Nanny Found Guilty Of Murdering Infant

Tue., Dec. 16, 1997

A nanny was convicted of murder Monday for suffocating a 6-month-old in her care as the boy’s parents slept in another room.

Donna Gist, 35, was accused of shaking, beating and suffocating Matthew Hendrickson in January 1996. She faces a maximum penalty of life in prison at her Jan. 22 sentencing.

Gist was a licensed practical nurse working for a home health service when she was hired to care for Matthew at his Winfield home. The boy had a chronic digestive problem and vomited frequently.

Defense lawyers contended Matthew died of injuries suffered before Gist started her shift.

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