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Mother testifies in trial of man accused of killing 14-month-old

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WHEATON, Minn. - It should have been a momentous day for Sherry Hankins - she was moving to a house with her new husband and had just seen her daughter take her first confident steps.


But those first steps would also be some of the 14-month-old girl's last ones.

Later on the night of Sept. 3, 2009, Hankins' daughter was dying in her arms, crying a whimper so faint a witness described it as the sound of a mewing kitten.

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