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Cloquet man pleads not guilty to assault of infant

Orion Verbist

A Cloquet man has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a 3-month-old infant.

Orion Harrison Sinclair Verbist, 25, entered his plea Friday in State District Court in Carlton. He is being held in the Carlton County Jail on $500,000 bail.

The Cloquet Police Department received information from St. Luke's hospital in Duluth regarding injuries to a 3-month-old child consistent with child abuse, according to a news release from CPD. The infant was transferred to Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis with a fractured skull, arm and rib.

An investigation led the CPD to suspect the infant's father caused the injuries.

A warrant was issued for Verbist on Dec. 19, when he was arrested and transported to jail.

Verbist is next scheduled for a pre-trial hearing April 19.