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Assault against 3-month-old leads to arrest of girl's father in Bemidji

BEMIDJI - A 28-year-old Bemidji man was arrested today on suspicion of assaulting his 3-month-old daughter last week.

Roger Darrin Warner was arrested shortly after 1 p.m., according to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp.

The girl, injured while at a residence near Cass Lake, suffered serious injuries Jan. 2.

In a news release, Hodapp said the girl remains in critical condition at a Fargo hospital.

Investigators from Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension have been working on this case since the initial call was received by law enforcement late Jan. 2.

The mother of the infant initially brought the baby to Sanford Hospital Emergency Room with serious injuries from an apparent assault. The baby was flown from Bemidji to Fargo where it has remained under care of doctors in the trauma unit there.

The news release said Warner came under suspicion as a person of interest early in the investigation.

Investigators obtained medical and witness information which continued to point to Warner as the perpetrator of the assault.

Warner has been booked into the Beltrami County jail, pending review of serious assault and child abuse charges by the Beltrami County Attorney.