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Published September 20, 2011, 08:45 PM

Fort Totten Man Pleads Guilty to Felony Child Abuse Charges

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a pair of felony child abuse charges.

By: Associated Press,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a pair of felony child abuse charges.

Roman Cavanaugh Jr., of Fort Totten, is accused of using a closed fist to strike his 11-year-old and 12-year-old sons.

Prosecutors say both children suffered bruising and swelling to their faces, and the 12-year-old could not speak for 24 hours because of the swelling to his jaw and mouth.

Authorities say the 35-year-old Cavanaugh was drunk at the time of the assaults.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 9 in Fargo.

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