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Judge sets woman's execution for April 18The Associated PressAUSTIN - A Travis County judge has set an April 18 execution date for a woman condemned more than 10 years ago for the slaying of a 3-month-old child she had been baby-sitting in her home outside Austin.Cathy Lynn Henderson, 49, was convicted of killing Brandon Baugh, whose body was found stuffed in a wine-cooler carton and buried in a field outside Temple, about 50 miles north of Henderson's Pflugerville-area home.Henderson's attorneys asked state District Judge Jon Wisser during a brief hearing Monday to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on their appeals. Travis County prosecutors had sought an execution date in February."The date for her execution is inconvenient for her," Eryn Baugh, whose infant son was killed in January 1994, told the Austin American-Statesman on Monday outside court. "The date for her murdering our son was inconvenient for us."Henderson, who has maintained her innocence, was convicted in 1995. Prosecutors said she smashed the child's head with a blunt object while baby-sitting him and his older sister.Henderson fled to her native Missouri. According to testimony at her trial, when she was arrested in Independence, Mo., she told a childhood friend that she had killed someone and wanted to change her identity.FBI agents said Henderson gave several stories about the baby's disappearance before finally saying he fell from her arms while she was answering the phone and hit his head on the floor.A medical examiner, however, testified that that was impossible because of the severity of the child's injuries.In earlier appeals, Henderson's attorneys said the trial court improperly forced her lawyers to turn over maps of where the child was buried. The maps were never used in court and did not play a role in her conviction, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in 1997.If the execution is carried out, Henderson will be the fourth woman executed in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty, in 1982. Since then, 377 men have been put to death.There are 389 inmates, including 10 women, on Death Row in Texas