Cloquet Father Pleads Not Guilty to Assaulting Infant

Orion Harrison Sinclair Verbist was charged with first-degree assault. Orion Harrison Sinclair Verbist was charged with first-degree assault. |  Photo: Carlton County Jail

Baihly Warfield
Created: March 08, 2019 02:42 PM

Orion Harrison Sinclair Verbist of Cloquet has pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault. 

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Verbist, 25, was charged after authorities say a 3-month-old girl with a skull fracture, fractured arm and fractured rib was brought to St. Luke's hospital. 

The child may have permanent brain damage. 

The Midwest Child Resource Center determined that "trauma is the only unifying diagnosis for this child" and that "child abuse is far and away the most likely diagnosis."

Authorities say the mother was cooperative with investigators and hospital staff during the Nov. 6, 2018 incident. 

Verbist is being held in the Carlton County Jail on $500,000 bail. There is a pre-trial hearing scheduled for April 19. 


Baihly Warfield

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