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Published March 27, 2012, 10:46 AM

Grand Forks Dad Accused of Fracturing Baby's Skull Changes Plea to Guilty

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The jury trial scheduled to begin today for a Grand Forks man accused of fracturing his infant son's skull has been canceled after he changed his plea to guilty.

By: Rick Abbott, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The jury trial scheduled to begin today for a Grand Forks man accused of fracturing his infant son's skull has been canceled after he changed his plea to guilty.

William Hoehn, 25, brought his son to the hospital on January 5, 2011 with fractures near his right ear. Authorities ruled out the possibility that the injuries were accidental or from a medical condition. The child is not expected to have long-term health consequences.

Hoehn will be sentenced on May 23 at 2 p.m.

He was charged with child neglect or abuse, which is a Class B felony carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Grand Forks County Assistant State's Attorney Jason McCarthy says Hoehn entered an open plea of guilty, meaning there was no plea agreement. McCarthy says Hoehn is not allowed to see his son because a no contact is order is still in place.

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