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Published January 09 2013

Oakes man accused of shaking infant girl, causing bleeding in skull and eyes

OAKES, N.D. – An Oakes man faces an aggravated assault charge for allegedly shaking an 8-month-old girl repeatedly, causing bleeding within her skull and eyes.

Authorities took Oscar Castro into custody Tuesday night, Dickey County State’s Attorney Gary Neuharth said.

Castro, 34, was being held in the Barnes County Jail in Valley City. A bail hearing hadn’t been set.

The complaint, brought by Special Agent Cal Dupree of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, was filed Tuesday in Dickey County District Court and signed by Judge Daniel Narum. It identifies the 8-month-old child by her initials, A.K.

The alleged incident happened Saturday in Oakes. The girl suffered intracranial bleeding and hemorrhage to both eyes, the complaint states.

Neuharth said the case remains under investigation. He said he didn’t know the child’s condition.

A BCI spokeswoman referred questions to Neuharth. Oakes Police Chief Marke Roberts couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Castro faces up to five years in prison if convicted of aggravated assault, a Class C felony.

In October, Castro was charged in Dickey County with misdemeanor assault, criminal trespass and criminal mischief for an incident Sept. 9 in Oakes.

The complaint alleges that Castro entered a woman’s apartment through a living room window without her permission and began physically fighting with a man. Castro allegedly pressed the man down into a bed, punched him in the face and neck area and squeezed his neck.

That case is slated for a jury trial on March 13.

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