MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, a 33-year-old Red Lake man was sentenced for endangering the health of a baby. United States District Judge Donovan W. Frank sentenced Chad Joseph Sumner to 40 months in prison on one count of child endangerment. Sumner was indicted on January 8, 2013, and pleaded guilty on April 12, 2013.
In his plea agreement, Sumner admitted that on August 17, 2011, while acting as the caretaker for the baby when the mother was temporarily away, the child was injured. As a result of Sumner’s failure to properly care for the child, the infant suffered substantial physical harm, including head trauma and skull fractures.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Deidre Y. Aanstad.
Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.