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Monica Bliss Ockwig, left, holds a photo of the grandchild she never met, Whyatt James Sander. She is joined by Melissa Prechel, sister to the woman convicted in the child's death. The photo was taken after a court hearing in Olivia. (Submitted photo)

Grandmother writes book about Redwood Falls, Minn., infant's tragic death


OLIVIA -- A summer camping trip is forever a tragedy for the parents who lost their infant son when a cousin to the victim -- still intoxicated from a night of drinking and marijuana use -- backed over their tent in a van as they were waking up to a new day.

Can the death of 3½-month-old Whyatt Sander in a Renville County park on July 5, 2009, serve to keep others from knowing the lifetime of hurt that's become the burden of those who loved him most?

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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