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Bemidji man arrested in baby assault

Roger Darrin Warner

A 28-year-old Bemidji man was arrested Monday on suspicion of assaulting his 3-month-old daughter last week.

Roger Darrin Warner was arrested shortly after 1 p.m., according to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp.

The girl, injured while at a residence near Cass Lake, suffered serious injuries Jan. 2.

Hodapp said the girl remains in critical condition at a Fargo hospital and is being treated for serious brain trauma and a fractured skull.

Investigators from Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has worked on this case since the initial call was received by law enforcement late Jan. 2.

The mother of the infant initially brought the baby to Sanford Hospital Emergency Room with serious injuries from an apparent assault. The baby was flown from Bemidji to Fargo where it has remained under care of doctors in the trauma unit there.

The news release said Warner came under suspicion as a person of interest early in the investigation.

Investigators obtained medical and witness information which continued to point to Warner as the perpetrator of the assault.

Warner has been booked into the Beltrami County jail. The Sheriff's Office is recommending assault and child abuse charges. The Beltrami County's Attorney's office has yet to review the investigative reports.

In 2007, Warner was convicted in Itasca County for domestic assault. A related charge was dismissed.