Foster boy removed from surgeon’s home
By Sarah Smith
A special needs child allegedly abused by a Benedict surgeon has been removed from the home.
“The county reacted very very quickly and worked to put him in a safe environment,” said Martha Weaver, spokeswoman for Anoka County Social Services.
Last week, Dr. Dennis James Sullivan, 50, of Benedict, was charged in Hubbard County with attempted murder and two counts of assault for allegedly trying to choke the child by stuffing a surgical glove down his throat June 17.
Hubbard County authorities added a fourth count of assault Monday for Sullivan allegedly tying a shoelace around the 10-year-old boy’s scrotum in May, as admitted by Sullivan’s wife Rebecca, who has not been charged in the case.
As a result, the attempted Second Degree murder charge was upgraded to First Degree Murder, “while committing domestic abuse with a past pattern of domestic abuse,” the complaint states.
Weaver said she could not comment on any other aspect of the case, but said the boy was placed with the Sullivans through a private adoption/foster care agency, not the county.
“The county moved very quickly when it learned the boy was potentially in jeopardy,” she said, declining further comment.
Sullivan’s attorney has requested a mental evaluation in the case.
Dubbed “MK,” the boy has become the poster child for abusive homes. Several websites have chronicled his alleged abuse and included public comments, mostly unfavorable.