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Forum staff reports, Published March 14 2013

Moorhead man charged with beating 11-year-old

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man has bailed out of jail after being arrested Wednesday for beating an 11-year-old girl with a belt and spanking her as many as 10 times a day.

Tyler James Otterson, 24, was charged March 7 in Clay County District Court with felony malicious punishment of a child.

Court documents filed in the case say the girl told police that a year ago, Otterson and another adult duct taped the girl’s mouth and hands.

Court records also state that Otterson has a prior misdemeanor domestic assault conviction and felony terroristic threats conviction from 2010 against the girl’s mother.

Otterson posted $5,000 bail and was released on conditions, including no contact with the victim.