GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A northern Minnesota man has pleaded guilty in the death of his infant son but maintains his innocence.
The Itasca County Attorney’s office says 39-year-old Emery James Jenkins pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge of first-degree manslaughter involving malicious punishment of a child.READ MORE: Brooklyn Park Joins Growing List Of Minnesota Cities Requiring Masks In City Buildings
Prosecutors say while pleading guilty, Jenkins said he was innocent but agreed there was enough evidence to convict him if a trial were held.READ MORE: Wastewater Testing Reveals Scale Of St. Paul's COVID Spread
Jenkins earlier was charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder. He was accused of repeatedly abusing his son, who died in October 2014.
The judge ordered Jenkins held in jail. Sentencing is set for Aug. 17.MORE NEWS: 'I'm Scared For My Patients': As COVID Cases Surge, Delta Plus Variant Worries Medical Experts
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