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The mother of a Moorhead newborn who nearly died after she dropped the infant off at a friend’s house without his sleep apnea breathing machine and left town is charged with felony child neglect. The friend, who called police April 9 after the baby became lethargic and almost stopped breathing, said the boy’s mother, Donna Marie Langstaff, 32, dropped him off earlier that day because she could not handle the baby. Langstaff was having a hard time with substance abuse and “just wanted to party” and needed a break, the friend told police. The 4-week-old baby boy was pale, listless and sleepy when Langstaff dropped him off, the friend said, but when she called Langstaff to tell her about the child’s condition, Langstaff said the baby had been that way for a while.
MOORHEAD – Cass County Administrator Keith Berndt was found not guilty Friday of two fifth-degree misdemeanor charges of domestic assault against a 13-year-old boy. The jury began deliberations about 3:15...
Photos of a boy at the heart of the Cass County administrator’s domestic assault trial were admitted into evidence Thursday and showed the child with a swollen, reddened eye injury from what the boy said were punches inflicted by Keith Berndt. Moorhead police Detective Seth Saarinen testified that the black eye was visible when he interviewed the boy two days after Berndt, the boyfriend of the boy’s mother, allegedly assaulted him on Feb. 2. The boy’s mother took the stand Thursday to say she’d noticed nothing unusual the night of the alleged assault and didn’t notice the injury until the morning two days after.
A Fargo man faces felony terrorizing and domestic assault charges after holding a woman captive in a storage shed, cutting her repeatedly with a utility knife, raping her, choking her and threatening to kill her, prosecutors allege. According to court documents filed this week in Cass County District Court, police were called about 5:09 p.m. Saturday to a disturbance at 1709 1st Ave. N. and found a man standing over a naked woman yelling at her and hitting her with his hand.
A 14-year-old middle school classmate of the alleged victim in a domestic assault case against a top administrator in Cass County of North Dakota testified Wednesday the boy came to school with a black eye the day after the assault, and told him his “stepfather” had done it. Keith Berndt, 58, who is dating the boy’s mother, is on trial on fifth-degree misdemeanor domestic assault charges in the Feb. 2 case. Prosecutors allege Berndt punched, kneed and slammed the boy’s head into the floor, then dropped two 40-pound weights on his chest, after first shoving him into a bed so hard the headboard broke. The alleged assault happened after a Super Bowl party at the boy’s shared home with his mother and Berndt.
The teenage boy at the heart of a domestic assault case against Cass County’s administrator left the stand Tuesday after an hour of cross-examination without backing down from his assertions that confrontations with his mother’s live-in boyfriend had twice escalated into violence before authorities got involved. The boy, now 14, was the prosecution’s first witness in its fifth-degree domestic assault case against Keith Berndt, who is accused of assaulting the child after a family dispute over chores and backtalk last winter at the boy’s mother’s Moorhead home. On the stand, the boy described his relationship with Berndt, one that he said deteriorated into violence in fall 2013 for the first time after a dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Just a day before the Cass County administrator’s trial begins on charges of domestic assault against a 13-year-old boy, court filings are shedding light on the details of the case in which Keith Berndt allegedly punched and pushed the child, then dropped a pair of 40-pound weights on his chest at the child’s Moorhead home. The assault came after a Super Bowl party in February. When the guests left, court documents state the boy became disrespectful toward his mother and Berndt stepped in, shoving the boy onto his bed so hard the bed broke.
MOORHEAD – A Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestler is accused of getting another student drunk in his dorm room Labor Day evening, and raping her while videotaping it and after...
A Minnesota State University Moorhead student is accused of getting another student drunk in his dorm room Labor Day evening, and raping her while videotaping it and after inviting other students on his floor to come watch. Angel Mario Vega, 23, of Moorhead, was charged Wednesday in Clay County District Court with one count of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a helpless victim, and with one count of providing alcohol to someone under 21, a misdemeanor. Court documents state Moorhead police and an ambulance were dispatched about 11:15 p.m. Monday to Grantham Hall on the MSUM campus on a report of intoxicated people.
The attorney for a man accused of texting while driving during a crash that killed a bicyclist in Traill County in June said his client has been demonized by the media. Defense attorney Kent Marshall appeared Wednesday with his client, Justin Ronald Jalbert, 26, of Grandin, in Traill County District Court. Jalbert faces manslaughter charges following the June 21 crash that killed 50-year-old David Hawkinson of Fargo on County Road 81. Court documents say Jalbert initially told a North Dakota state trooper he was reaching into the glove box to get a CD when he looked up too late to avoid Hawkinson on a bike about 10 yards ahead of him.