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Forum News Service, Published January 29 2014

Grand Forks woman charged with abuse in baby-sitting case

GRAND FORKS - A Grand Forks woman faces three felony counts of child abuse or neglect alleging she inflicted bruises, scratches and other marks on an infant last year.

Jensa Fish, 24, was charged Dec. 31 with three counts of Class B felony abuse or neglect of a child under 6. She appeared in court Tuesday.

“These are very serious charges, you are looking at a total of 30 years imprisonment,” possible on conviction, state District Judge Karen Braaten told her in setting her bond at $5,000 cash or surety. Each count carries a top prison sentence of 10 years.

Steve Conley, Grand Forks police investigator, said in an affidavit that Fish provided care for the girl, now about 18 months old, on three occasions over the past year - last January, August and September - after which the girl’s parents “noted significant and visible injuries” on the girl.

Fish denied watching the baby girl on two of the occasions for which she is charged.

Braaten set her preliminary hearing and/or arraignment for Feb. 24.