GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A Wolf Point man pleaded guilty to assault charges stemming from the beating of an infant on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana on Thursday, acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson announced.
27-year-old Charles Connor Clark admitted his responsibility and plead guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury following charges in a superseding information. The man faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release with sentencing scheduled for June 16.
Federal prosecutors say Clark beat an infant so badly that the victim had to be flown to a hospital in Billings, suffering ‘life-threatening and non-accidental’ injuries. Doctors at the hospital told federal agents that the infant’s injuries displayed “classic signs of abuse.”
Clark reportedly told the victim’s mother that the injuries had come from the attempted burping of the infant after he choked on his own vomit.
Clark’s case is prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek with Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presiding. The criminal investigation was conducted in tandem by Fort Peck Tribal Law Enforcement as well as the FBI.