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Injuries prompt charges

A Fargo man faces felony child abuse charges after doctors discovered his 3-month-old son had multiple skull fractures and broken ribs. Corey Wade Cowdrey, 38, initially denied hurting the boy but later admitted to dropping the infant headfirst a...

Corey W. Cowdrey

A Fargo man faces felony child abuse charges after doctors discovered his 3-month-old son had multiple skull fractures and broken ribs.

Corey Wade Cowdrey, 38, initially denied hurting the boy but later admitted to dropping the infant headfirst and to hitting the baby when he wouldn't stop crying, court documents say.

The boy's aunt also told investigators she has seen Cowdrey hold the baby by the ankles and heard Cowdrey say "I hate that kid."

Prosecutors charged Cowdrey in Cass County District Court with two Class B felony child abuse or neglect charges. Each charge carries a maximum 10-year sentence.

According to court documents:

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Authorities were called after the child was admitted to MeritCare Hospital on Nov. 13 with a skull fracture.

The child's aunt told investigators her sister, Cowdrey's wife, called about 45 minutes after she dropped off the child with his father, asking about a "goose egg on the back of his head." The aunt told investigators the child was not injured when she left him at the home.

Cowdrey eventually told investigators he dropped the infant headfirst onto a heat register when he was scooping him out of his car seat. Cowdrey said he was doing it with one hand "way too fast, too reckless" when the child squirmed and fell.

Cowdrey said he put the child back in the car seat and then into a swing but became frustrated when the child would not stop crying. He said he told the child to "shut up" and struck him in the head with an open hand.

During a later interview, he demonstrated striking the child with a closed fist. Cowdrey told the investigator he was in a rage and did not remember but could have hit the boy twice in the head.

Cowdrey also said the baby could have hit his head on the wall, on a doorknob or a bar on the swing.

After being told doctors found rib fractures, including one that was about four weeks old, Cowdrey admitted he has picked up the boy and squeezed him when he is frustrated.

The boy also had bleeding in his head, doctors said.

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Cowdrey, who also has a

7-year-old son and whose wife has a 5-year-old daughter, told investigators he was afraid of babies and that he rarely held his daughter who died in 1998 when she was 4 months old.

Cowdrey, 1802 26½ Ave. S., was released Monday after posting $10,000 bond, which includes a condition that he have no contact with the child, who has been taken into protective custody.

Cowdrey did not return a message left on his cell phone Monday. His next appearance is scheduled for Dec. 20.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Brittany Lawonn at (701) 241-5541 Injuries prompt charges Brittany Lawonn 20071120

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