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Dennis James Sullivan, 50, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree assault, admitting to placing his hand over the mouth of his disabled foster son to interrupt the boy’s breathing.

Surgeon pleads guilty to assaulting disabled foster son

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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Benedict surgeon admitted this week to placing his hand over the mouth of his disabled foster son in June to interrupt the boy’s breathing for a prolonged period of time.

In doing so, Dennis James Sullivan, 50, entered a guilty plea Monday to a charge of attempted first-degree assault in exchange for other charges being dismissed in the child abuse case.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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