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Associated Press, Published December 19 2012

ND man sentenced to 8 years for child abuse

DICKINSON, N.D. — A Dickinson man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for child abuse.

The Dickinson Press reports that 27-year-old Demetrius Gant was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty.

Authorities say Gant allegedly shook his then 4-month-old daughter in August 2011.

Dr. Rafael Ocejo testified that the baby sustained permanent brain injury from swelling and bleeding on the surface of her brain.

Judge Zane Anderson denied a request that Gant not be required to begin serving his sentence until after the holidays.

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Information from: The Dickinson Press, http://www.thedickinsonpress.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.