A Carlton County man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he assaulted his 3-month old infant.
Orion Verbist, 25, entered that plea in court Friday.
He was charged with first-degree assault in December 2018. The charges were filed shortly after the infant was taken to the hospital for a skull fracture, fractured arm, and fractured rib.
Also in that courtroom Friday, the defense challenged the statement Verbist originally gave to law enforcement. A judge is expected to consider written arguments.
Verbist is due back in court next month.
He’s being held in the Carlton County jail on $500,000 bail.
Earlier this week, he was cited for fifth degree assault while he was in custody. The Carlton County Assisstant Attorney didn’t have further details.