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Red Lake couple convicted of assaulting baby

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A federal jury in Duluth has convicted a Red Lake couple of child abuse.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice:

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Charles William Prentice Jr., 26, was found guilty of one count of aggravated assault and one count of child endangerment.

Showy Shalette Johnson, 25, was found guilty of one count of child endangerment.

On Nov. 3, 2008, according to evidence, the child was taken to an emergency room at the Indian Heath Services Hospital in Red Lake for a broken arm. The baby was referred for follow-up care and was found to have multiple fractures in various stages of healing. The defendants were shown to have intentionally caused the baby to be placed in a dangerous situation, resulting in bodily harm.

Prentice faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on the assault charge and both Prentice and Johnson face up to five years for the endangerment charge. U.S. District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank will determine their sentences at a future hearing.

The case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Reed lake Children and Family Services. It is prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.

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