Bagley woman pleads guilty to infanticide

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

RED LAKE FALLS– A Bagley woman recently entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder of a 2-month-old child.

According to reports, 31-year-old Sarah Kortan was arrested over a year ago in her apartment in Red Lake Falls after she called authorities to report the child wasn’t breathing.

Doctors informed investigators that the child had little to no brain activity due to possible shaken baby syndrome.

The child’s mother, Kortan’s first cousin, was in prison and had given Kortan custody of the baby.

Kortan faces up to 40 years in prison and is scheduled to appear for sentencing September 23rd. 

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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