Mother Convicted of Killing Infant Son Released From Prison

Heidi Anfinson looks towards her defense attorney William Kutmus Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000 during her retrial that was moved from Polk County, Iowa to Scott County, Iowa due to extensive publicty in Polk County. She is charged with drowning her infant son in a Des Moines, Iowa, lake. Anfinson's first-degree murder trial in September ended in a mistrial when jurors could not reach a unanimous decision on convicting her of second-degree murder. (AP Photo/Quad City Times, Larry Fisher)

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By Liz Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines woman convicted in the 1998 death of her infant son is out of prison.

The Des Moines Register says 53-year-old Heidi Anfinson was released from the women's prison in Mitchellville on Wednesday.

The Iowa Board of Parole granted her parole two weeks ago. Anfinson will live her father, Irv Hoffbauer, in West Des Moines.

Anfinson pleaded guilty in 2009 to multiple acts of a child endangerment in the drowning of her 2-week-old son whose body was found in Saylorville Lake. She was sentenced to 50 years in prison. She served nine years of a previous 50-year sentence for second-degree murder when the Iowa Supreme Court granted her a new trial.

Supporters say Anfinson was suffering from severe postpartum depression at the time of her son's death.
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