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Suspect in child choking won’t contest extradition to Minnesota

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Suspect in child choking won’t contest extradition to Minnesota
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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A man charged with trying to choke his foster son won’t contest his extradition in a Fargo court and will be returned to Hubbard County on Friday or Monday at the latest, according to Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes.


Dennis James Sullivan Jr., 50, is charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault for allegedly stuffing a latex glove down the throat of his 10-year-old foster child.

Hubbard County deputies raced to Sullivan’s Benedict home Tuesday night after an Anoka County Social Services worker contacted authorities.

According to the criminal complaint, the assault took place around 5 p.m. and was interrupted by Sullivan’s wife, who asked him what he was doing.

He said he didn’t know, according to the complaint, then called a mental health center in Grand Forks, N.D., expressing “homicidal thoughts” and headed north.

The center notified authorities, and Sullivan was apprehended by Grand Forks police on an outstanding warrant for driving under suspension or with a revoked license.

He was booked into the Grand Forks County jail at Tuesday evening and transferred Wednesday to the Cass County jail in Fargo.

Sullivan will be arraigned on the three charges in Park Rapids.

He and his wife are licensed to have four foster children, but it is unclear how many others may be in the house.

Sullivan is licensed as a general surgeon and flies to various health care facilities.

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