White Earth man pleads guilty to assaulting child

A White Earth man entered a guilty plea to the assault of a minor child.

Federal court documents say 30-year-old Edward Fairbanks was caring for a child when he intentionally shoved the child into a table, causing a serious head injury.

The child had a fractured skull and required a craniectomy to relieve pressure on their brain.

Fairbanks is scheduled to be sentenced this September on one count of assault with a serious injury.

The White Earth Police Department, the BCA, the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force conducted the investigation.


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