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Eddy County, ND, Sheriff Charged with Felony Child Abuse

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Court Document from Eddy County Courthouse Court Document from Eddy County Courthouse
Court Document from Eddy County Courthouse Court Document from Eddy County Courthouse

The sheriff in North Dakota's Eddy County has been placed on limited duties after being charged with felony child abuse or neglect.

Sheriff Brandon Maygra is accused in court papers of excessively spanking a 10-year-old boy around May 24 at a home in New Rockford, North Dakota.

Court documents say, according to interviews, on May 24 the child refused to eat pizza prepared for him by his mother. After refusing, she threw away the pizza and contacted Brandon Maygra, who is a stepparent to the 10-year-old, to come home and "teach him a lesson."

The boy says Maygra pulled him off the bed by grabbing his ankles, flipping him over onto the floor and then striking him with an open hand causing "pain and bruising to the lower left back." The 10-year-old had a large bruise, about 4 inches by 5 inches, on his lower back consistent with the report when photographed by authorities.

The complaint also claims Maygra inflicted mental injury after witnessing him throw a female across the room onto a bed.

The child said he was scared to say anything because Maygra told him that "he is the law and so he is able to spank him from breakfast until supper." The child also says he does not feel safe in the home and does not want to return there.

Valley News Live tried contacting Maygra at his home on Friday but there was no answer.

"Sheriff came in and notified me Tuesday morning about the charges," explains Eddy County commissioner Jeffrey Pfau.

He says they the sheriff volunteered to put himself on limited duties. "He's innocent until proven guilty," Pfau said. And he believes after reading this indictment it looks like sheriff Maygra just spanked his child.

"I talked to Localsa and they all say that their parents would be in jail for the same thing right now."

Pfau says he's not trying to make light of what happened but says the truth will hopefully come out in court, and if Maygra is convicted he'll request that the sheriff resign.

"Everyone has a different opinion. He has a defense lined up."

An initial appearance is scheduled for September 12.

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