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Published March 25, 2010, 05:42 PM

Man Charged With Nearly Killing Daughter Changes Plea To Guilty Mid-Trial

A Grand Forks man who's charged with nearly killing his infant daughter plead guilty to a child abuse charge today.

A Grand Forks man who's charged with nearly killing his infant daughter plead guilty to a child abuse charge today.

Steven Klein changed his plea to guilty on the child abuse charge.

He could be tried on that or an attempted murder charge.

Authorities say he shook his four week old daughter.

The baby's mother was out of the home and when she returned, she found the child unresponsive.

The baby was airlifted to a Fargo hospital with severe head injuries.

Today the state also recommended Klein be sentenced as a dangerous offender, which would double his maximum sentence time.

If sentenced on the child abuse charge, Klein faces up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Klein will be sentenced on May 28th.

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