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Guilty plea in infant assault

A 21-year-old man changed his plea to guilty yesterday to a count of aggravated assault on an infant.

A 21-year-old man changed his plea to guilty yesterday to a count of aggravated assault on an infant. The man, whose identity is banned from publication, entered the guilty plea on what was to be Day 1 of a two-week trial.

Hazen Brien, defence counsel, told Judge Carole Beaton of the man’s intentions and requested a pre-sentence report following the change of plea.

He was arrested on Nov. 30, 2009, after a four-month-old child sustained life-threatening injuries that were suspicious in nature. The accused was known to the child and child’s family at the time, but was not related.

Following his arrest, he was released on a recognizance in the care of his mother. He had part of his conditions varied yesterday, allowing him to be in the province of Nova Scotia, in the company of his mother, to visit family. The conditions previously permitted him into the province for legal counsel, court appearances and medical treatment.

 
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