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Forum News Service, Published February 26 2014

Grand Forks police say man caused infant son's brain injury

GRAND FORKS - A man accused of shaking his infant son in Grand Forks and causing “significant brain injury” has been charged with child abuse, according to court records.

Robert Allen Duckstad, 25, whose home ZIP code is listed in court records as Windom, Minn., appeared Wednesday in state district court. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

The incident happened June 13 after Duckstad had come home from an overnight shift around 7:30 a.m. feeling “tired, frustrated and stressed,” according to a police complaint.

He tried to change his 3-month-old son’s diaper, but the boy was being fussy. Investigators said Duckstad told them he shook his son once, but the boy wouldn’t stop crying. The crying stopped after Duckstad shook the boy two more times.

That afternoon, Duckstad’s wife took the boy to Altru Hospital, where he was diagnosed with brain hemorrhage. The boy was taken to Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis for treatment.

Judge Sonja Clapp set Duckstad’s bond at $75,000. He remained in jail in Grand Forks.

A preliminary hearing is set for March 24.