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Minnesota Man Charged with Attempted Murder of Foster Child

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A Benedict, Minnesota, man is charged with attempted murder after being accused of trying to kill his foster child.  According to court documents, Dennis James Sullivan jammed a plastic glove down the throat of the 10-year-old child earlier this month.

Sullivan is charged with a
ttempted 1st degree murder and attempted 2nd degree intentional murder, along with 1st degree assault and 3rd degree assault arising out the same incident on June 17, 2014. 

Around 5:00 p.m. officers received a report from a social worker requesting a welfare check on a 10-year-old child with special needs. The officer said it was reported that Sullivan had tried to choke the 10-year-old foster child.  The officer interviewed the foster mother, who said she heard a strange sound and went into the child's bedroom where she saw the assault happen.

She questioned Sullivan about it, and he said he this had happened "three more times" in the immediate past, and that he had "put his hand over the child's mouth for one minute" in a previous incident.

Sullivan appeared in court on June 20, where the judge set at $750,000 unconditional and $500,000 conditional bail (with a 10% cash alternative.) Sullivan, who is a physician, must surrender his passport, not leave the state of Minnesota, and not have contact with the victim or any other children.

Sullivan's next court appearance was set for June 30, 2014, however Sullivan's attorney said he would be requesting a mental health evaluation. That means, other court proceedings would be postponed until the evaluation was complete.

The case was investigated by the Hubbard County Sheriff's office, the MN bureau of Criminal apprehension, and north dakota law enforcement agencies.  
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