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A Butte man was charged with felony assault on a minor Wednesday after he allegedly shook a newborn baby so severely the infant had to be taken to Salt Lake City for treatment.

Police brought Austin Johnson, 27, in for questioning Wednesday and arrested him at about 9:30 p.m. during the interview. He’s accused of causing serious bodily injury to the 4-week-old boy in late June. He made an initial appearance in justice court Thursday.

According to the complaint, Johnson repeatedly shook and/or dropped the infant on a floor and/or a bed. The incident happened sometime between June 28 and July 1 on the 4000 block of State Street.

Undersheriff George Skuletich said the mother took the baby to St. James Healthcare on July 1 and police were called to the hospital at about 10:30 p.m. on the same day.

Skuletich said he could not comment on the child’s injuries or prognosis as the case is still under investigation.

Johnson is being held in the Butte jail on $100,000 bond.


Nat'l Resources / General Reporter

Environmental and natural resources reporter for the Montana Standard.

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