Malicious Punishment of a Child Conviction Avoided in Sherburne County
Eric Bain’s client was charged with Gross Misdemeanor Malicious Punishment of a Child in Sherburne County. The charge stems from an allegation that Eric’s client bit his then-five-year-old daughter as a form of discipline. Eric conducted an investigation that involved getting the daughter’s medical records, audio recorded incidents of her acting up, and numerous witness statements from family members. On the eve of trial, Eric negotiated a resolution for his client that involved a stay of adjudication. This means that if Eric’s client stays out of trouble for two years and completes parenting and anger management classes, then the case will be dismissed and he will not have a conviction on his record. This was vital for Eric’s client because a conviction for this charge would result in a loss of custody and parenting time.