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Forum staff reports, Published October 31 2009

Man arrested following death of Fargo infant

A man has been arrested in Fargo following the death of a 2-month-old child.

Arthur Mark Berger, 46, no permanent address, is being held as the Cass County Jail on felony charges of abuse or neglect of a child.

According to Fargo Police Sgt. Michael Erbes, police responded to a 911 call of a 2-month-old child not breathing in the 1300 block of First Avenue North around 2 this morning. The infant was later pronounced dead by the Cass County coroner, Erbes said.

Berger was arrested for child abuse or neglect. Erbes said he is known to the family but not related to the child. According to jail records, he was born in Dickinson, N.D.

Erbes said he could not release any information about the cause of the death or any injuries the infant may have sustained. He would not say whether the infant was taken by ambulance to a hospital. He would not release name or the gender of the child.

Erbes said the case is still under investigation.