Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. –
An Austin man who allegedly assaulted a 4-year-old and 17-month-old girls pleaded not guilty to all charges against him Thursday in Mower County Court.
Dean Allen Thordor, 38, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony domestic assault and one count of felony third-degree assault of a victim younger than 4. According to the court complaint, the girls’ mother said the children don’t like Thordor and they often cry when they are alone with him. The 4-year-old has said that Thordor hits both she and her sister, as well.
A doctor’s review of the 17-month-old revealed many bruises and scratches, including on the forehead and face and abdomen — too many for normal circumstances, according to the complaint. The doctor also found bruises on the 4-year-old behind and on her ear, as well as on her arm, chin, chest, shoulder and scratches on her back. The doctor said the bruises around the ear are consistent with hard hitting or hair pulling, according to the complaint.
Thordor has been previously convicted of terroristic threats in February 2011 and of third-degree assault in November 2002. A pretrial has been set for Sept. 6.