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Man pleads guilty to abusing infant

A 39-year-old Fargo man pleaded guilty Monday to a felony child abuse charge for incidents that left his then-3-month-old son with multiple skull fractures and broken ribs.

A 39-year-old Fargo man pleaded guilty Monday to a felony child abuse charge for incidents that left his then-3-month-old son with multiple skull fractures and broken ribs.

Corey Wade Cowdrey initially denied hurting the boy but later admitted to dropping the infant head-first and to hitting the baby with a closed fist when he wouldn't stop crying, Cass County District Court documents state.

Cowdrey initially faced two Class B felony charges of child abuse or child neglect, but prosecutors dismissed one of the charges after the plea.

East Central Judicial District Court Judge John Irby ordered a presentence investigation, meaning sentencing will be in about eight weeks.

Cowdrey faces up to 10 years in prison for the charge, which stemmed from incidents between August and November 2007. He is free on $10,000 bond.

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