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Itasca Co. Man Charged in Infant Son's Death

October 24, 2014 10:30 PM

Authorities have charged a rural Itasca County man in connection with the death of his son.

Emery James Jenkins, 38, of Inger appeared in court Friday to face a charge of second-degree murder.

A 911 caller had reported Jenkins' 2 1/2 month old son was not breathing on Oct. 16.  The boy died the following day at a Duluth hospital, and an autopsy determined he suffered blunt force trauma.

According to a criminal complaint, medical staff said the infant had multiple serious injuries, including a skull fracture, fractured ribs, and multiple other injuries to his arms, hands, and feet.

The complaint says Jenkins told an investigator that he had dropped the child on his head while in the shower one week before his death, and that he had also fallen from a swing and been bitten by a neighbor's dog.  However, the complaint says the boy's mother told an investigator that Jenkins bit their son multiple times because he was crying, and that they had made up the story about the dog biting the baby.

Jenkins was arrested Thursday.  He is being held without bail on a pending probation violation and is scheduled to appear in court again Monday.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assisted local authorities in the case.

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