Thomas Edward Fromuth, 34, of Fergus Falls has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony domestic assault. A felony charge of malicious punishment of a child was dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, at 9:53 p.m. on Nov. 22, a Frazee police officer responded to a hang-up 911 call. A child had been heard crying during the call and saying "Dad beat me up for no reason."
Arriving at the residence, the police officer heard yelling and screaming. He knocked twice, but no one answered the door and the screaming continued. He entered the residence and found a 14-year-old boy on a bed, visibly shaken and holding blankets as if hiding from someone.
Fromuth was found hiding in a closet in the same room. He was clearly intoxicated and was removed from the room while the officer spoke to the boy, who said Fromuth had attacked him out of the blue, pulling his hair and swinging a stick with a nail in it in a threatening manner. A 2-foot board with a nail in it was found on the bedroom floor.
Fromuth was convicted of gross misdemeanor malicious punishment of a child involving the same victim in 2014. He would not answer the officer's questions about the current incident or submit to a preliminary breath test for alcohol.
Fromuth appeared May 21 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who sentenced him to 18 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years. He was ordered to serve 82 days in jail, with credit for 82 days served. He was fined $1,000 plus $1,165 in court fees. He must abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs, submit to random testing, and get chemical dependency, mental health and domestic abuse evaluations and follow the recommendations—all to be monitored by his probation officer. A domestic abuse no-contact order was issued, and he was placed on supervised probation for five years.