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Associated Press, Published August 30 2013

Eddy County sheriff charged with child abuse or neglect

NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. — The sheriff in North Dakota's Eddy County has been placed on limited duties after being charged with felony child abuse or neglect.

Sheriff Brandon Maygra is accused in court papers of excessively spanking a 10-year-old boy between March 25 and June 19 at a home in New Rockford, the Minot Daily News reported.

A message left by The Associated Press with Maygra's attorney, Theodore Sandberg, was not immediately returned.

In a May incident, the child told authorities that Maygra was upset that he had to travel from Crookston, Minn., to discipline the child, describing himself as "the law" who can "spank him from breakfast until supper." Photographs taken by a Crookston police officer showed a bruise roughly 4 inches by 5 inches on the boy's lower back, according to court records.

Jeffrey Pfau, the Eddy County Commission chairman, said commissioners were notified about the charge Tuesday and placed Maygra on limited administrative duties. Maygra will perform tasks such as setting times of duty for his deputies but won't be directly involved in operations "so we don't compromise any cases," he said.

An initial appearance is scheduled for Sept. 12.

"So, we're going to play this by ear," Pfau said. "If he's convicted then I'll request that he resign."


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