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Bismarck man pleads not guilty to abusing infant son

November 15, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man accused of physically abusing his infant son has pleaded not guilty to felony charges.

Jaydenle Bushard, 22, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in court Monday and entered the pleas to three counts of felony child abuse.

Last month Bismarck police responded to a call that the 1-month-old baby was unresponsive. A police affidavit says the child had suffered scratches, bruising on both legs, a bruise on his chin, and bruising on the right and back left portion of his head. A doctor told police an X-ray also showed healing injuries that could have occurred two weeks earlier, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Police said Bushard told them he bounced the baby on his leg without supporting the infant’s head, and that the baby hit his head on the wall while being bounced. Authorities say he also told investigators he shook the child for about five seconds after which the infant suffered a seizure.

South Central District Judge Douglas Bahr scheduled a trial to begin March 8.