A 29-year-old Wabeno man accused of critically abusing a toddler is scheduled to be sentenced in October.
Online court show Brandon Brunette pleaded guilty to child abuse causing great bodily harm. A charged of attempted 1st degree intentional homicide was dismissed, but can be refiled if the victim in the case dies within one year and one day from Tuesday's plea deal. Three other charges were dismissed, but will be considered during sentencing.
According to court documents, Brunette initially said he accidentally dropped the boy, then two-years-old, from chest height, but later admitted to deputies the boy would not stop crying that's when he grabbed him by the leg and threw him 10-15 feet into a wall or tv stand.
The boy's mother is also charged in the case. Jennifer Shepard is charged with failing to prevent bodily harm to a child, child neglect resulting in great bodily harm, aiding a felon and obstructing an officer. She'll return to court in October for a motion hearing.
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