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Man gets probation for slapping infant child

MOORHEAD - A 35-year-old man from Fergus Falls accused of slapping his infant child has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Kenneth Francis Butcher Jr. had faced a felony count of domestic assault linked to the June 7 incident, but the felony charge was dismissed Aug. 1 when he pleaded guilty to malicious punishment of a child, a gross misdemeanor.

Butcher was sentenced to 79 days already served in the Clay County Jail and a 260-day jail term suspended for the two years he'll be on supervised probation, according to court records.