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Zachariah Birnbaum

Hard spanking leads to child abuse charge

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A Fargo man faces a felony child abuse charge after spanking an 11-month-old baby to get her to stop crying.

Zachariah Birnbaum told police he may have gone overboard in spanking the child, whose bottom was red and bruised-looking when authorities arrived, according to Cass County District Court documents related to the Class B felony charge of child abuse.

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The charge carries up to 10 years in prison and pertains to cases involving children younger than 6.

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