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Charges allege northern Minnesota parents fractured infant’s skull, caused other injuries

ROSEAU, Minn. - A Warroad couple is facing six felony charges each on allegations they beat and shook their infant so much that the child suffered a fractured skull.

A Roseau County social worker received a maltreatment report Feb. 13 about the child of Christopher Arthur Reinbold, 29, and Chelsey Angela Reinbold, 33, according to a criminal complaint for Chelsey Reinbold. The social worker and an investigator from the Sheriff’s office visited the home the next day and reported the home was filthy and the child was pale and lethargic, the complaint said.

The complaint alleges the abuse happened between Nov. 29 and Feb. 19. Facebook posts from the couple indicate their daughter was born at some point after they married in October.

Chelsey and Christopher Reinbold are each facing felony charges of three counts of assault in varying degrees and three counts of malicious punishment of a child. She also is facing a misdemeanor for child neglect alleging she knowingly permitted physical abuse.

The charges vary in severity, with the most severe allegation carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Christopher Reinbold is scheduled to enter a plea Thursday and Chelsey Reinbold will appear in court again March 18.

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