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Gregory man pleads not guilty in infant son's death

Adam Bruns

GREGORY -- A Gregory man accused of shaking his infant son to death has pleaded not guilty to several charges, including murder.

Adam Bruns, 20, appeared in court Friday in Winner and pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and alternate counts of first-degree manslaughter, aggravated assault, and abuse or cruelty to a minor less than 7 years old.

Bruns had been taking care of his 3-month-old son Levi in February and the child had been vomiting periodically for several days. This frustrated Bruns, he told investigators. On Feb. 25, Levi vomited while sitting in a swing at Bruns' residence. Bruns pulled his son out of the swing and the boy's head shook back and forth multiple times, he told investigators.

Levi suffered a brain hemorrhage and severe retinal hemorrhages in both eyes, according to court documents. The infant died March 2 at a children's hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Second-degree murder carries a mandatory life in prison sentence upon conviction.

First-degree manslaughter upon conviction carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.

The aggravated assault charge and abuse or cruelty to a minor each carries upon conviction a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.