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DL man with history of domestic abuse appears for bruising juvenile with spanking

A Detroit Lakes man made his first appearance Friday in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of domestic assault.

Matthew Lee Garner, 30, of 810 Central St., No. 4, Detroit Lakes, is also facing a gross misdemeanor charge of malicious punishment of a child in connection with the Feb. 24 incident.

According to the criminal complaint, Garner dragged a male juvenile across the living room of his home, threw him down on the bed, pulled down his pants and spanked his bare bottom hard enough to cause severe bruising. There was also a severe bruise on the victim's arm from being dragged across the room.

Garner has two prior convictions for domestic assault, from Missouri in 2006 and North Dakota in 2004.

He has been taken into custody pending his next appearance at a March 28 omnibus hearing. Garner's bail was set at $10,000 with conditions, or $30,000 without conditions.