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Jury trial date set in child punishment case

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A jury trial has been set for next month for Kevin Marlen Blomseth, 39, of 1760 Long Bridge Road, Lot 18, Detroit Lakes, who is charged with felony malicious punishment of a child and felony domestic assault.

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On April 12 at 10:25 p.m., a vehicle pulled up to the Detroit Lakes police station to report a possible assault to an officer in the parking lot there.

The officer was told that Blomseth allegedly gave two black eyes to a 12-year-old boy in his care.

The officer did a welfare check on the boy and noted that the right eye was black and there were markings under the right eye.

At the time of the incident, Blomseth lived in the boy's home, was engaged to his mother, and cared for the boy and his siblings, according to court records.

Investigation allegedly revealed that at 12:30 a.m. on April 11, Blomseth came home, went to the boy's bedroom and woke him up because he was angry that he had removed items from Blomseth's pickup truck.

He allegedly hit the boy in the face, knocking him down, and continued to hit him a half-dozen times.

Blomseth was previously convicted of domestic assault and violating a restraining order in 2004 and making terroristic threats in 2000, according to court records.

A pretrial hearing Thursday brought no resolution to the case, and a jury trial is set for Oct. 21.

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