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'Diaper Duty' Sentences Please Fridley Police, Anoka County Attorney

Police say 'concerned citizens' helped bring abusive parents to justice.

News of Tuesday's sentencing of the stepfather in the case of the "diaper duty" malicious punishment of a child was welcomed at the Fridley Police Department and the Anoka County Attorney's office.

The defendant got 120 days in jail and two years probation under orders to have no contact with the child and to cooperate with the child-protection case plan.

The victim's mother was sentenced separately in November after her guilty plea to the same charge.

Fridley Police Lt. Mike Monsrud said by email:

The Fridley Police department is pleased with the outcome of this case. We were able to provide some very much needed physical and emotional support to the victim in this case due to the generosity of concerned citizens who contacted us with offers to help. It is good to see the victim is now doing well and that the adults have been held accountable for their actions.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo linked the sentence to the offense

The cruel nature of this girl’s mistreatment required the criminal justice system to react strongly. These actions went way beyond any sense of appropriate child discipline.

The statement from the Anoka County Attorney's office also said the sentence Tuesday took into account the defendant's 2010 guilty plea for misdemeanor domestic assault—hitting the child with a belt.

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