Man accused of handcuffing child found not guilty of abuse
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot man accused of handcuffing a 9-year-old boy as punishment has been found not guilty of child abuse.
The Minot Daily News reports that a jury acquitted 24-year-old Christian Ratliff on Tuesday.
He stood trial beginning Monday after a judge rejected a proposed plea deal under which Ratliff would have pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of child neglect in the 2016 case. Judge Gary Lee said he couldn’t sign off on the deal “in the interest of justice.”
Ratliff would have faced up to five years in prison had he been convicted of the felony child abuse charge.
Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com