Williston woman sentenced to life for death of infant son

February 27, 2022 GMT

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Williston woman has been sentenced to life in prison for smothering her 1-month-old son at a Williston hotel nearly three years ago.

Hannah McMillin was charged with murder in the April 2019 death. She entered an Alford plea which states that she doesn’t admit guilt but agrees there’s enough evidence to convict her, KX News reported.

McMillin was originally charged with child abuse, but a medical examiner determined the baby had been forcibly smothered and ruled the death a homicide.

The mother told investigators she had put her child on the bed and placed pillows around and over the upper part of his face.

Before sentencing McMillin to life with the possibility of parole, Williams County Judge Benjamen Johnson said, “This is a tragedy for everyone involved.”

McMillin’s husband, Tank McMillin, was sentenced in 2020 to 31/2 years in prison on a felony child abuse conviction.