Bemidji man pleads guilty to abuse of six-week-old infant

A Bemidji man pleaded guilty to malicious punishment of a child causing great bodily harm in a plea hearing Thursday.

Twenty-two-year-old Levi Knutson’s infant son was brought to the emergency room in April 2020 with several fractures to his arms and legs.

During the plea hearing, Knutson admitted to causing a dozen fractures to the arms, legs, collarbones and ribs of his six-week-old son over multiple incidences.

Knutson testified that on at least one occasion, he heard and felt a bone break, stating that he treated his child like a “Stretch Armstrong doll.”

Knutson’s sentencing is scheduled for June 1.

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