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Forum Communications, Published September 10 2012

Minnesota man accused of stabbing girl pleads guilty

VIRGINIA, Minn. — A Babbitt man accused of stabbing a 3-year-old girl he was babysitting has pleaded guilty to assault.

Twenty-seven-year-old Derek Klingfus pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of second-degree felony assault.

The Mesabi Daily News reports Klingfus is expected to get more than six years in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 11.

A police officer responding to the scene last January shot Klingfus after he displayed a knife and later allegedly held it to the girl's throat.

The girl suffered a serious knife wound to her body. The St. Louis County Attorney's Office later ruled the officer's use of force was justified.