Man faces second felony charge for assaulting child

A Coon Rapids man has been charged with a second felony in Anoka County District Court for allegedly striking the nine-year-old son of his girlfriend several times and threatening him at a residence in Andover.

In an amended complaint filed last month, Jesse Adam Gardinier, 29, was charged with felony third-degree assault in addition to the original charges of felony terroristic threats and gross misdemeanor malicious punishment of a child.

Gardinier is scheduled to go on trial on the charges March 24.

According to the complaint, the child abuse was reported May 27, 2013 after the boy had visited his grandmother and was unable to sit down because of soreness to his buttocks that he said was caused by his mother’s live-in boyfriend, Gardinier, beating him with a belt.

The boy allegedly had bruising to both his buttocks and upper thigh.

The complaint alleges that Gardinier also put on rubber gloves to strike the boy on the buttocks on more than one occasion.

The third-degree assault charge was added after an evaluation by doctors in January revealed that the boy would have permanent scarring on his buttocks and it was consistent with being struck, according to the amended complaint.

In an interview with investigators, the boy alleged that the incidents took place when his mother had left for work and Gardinier allegedly threatened to kill him if he told his mother.

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