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Man pleads not guilty in shaken baby case

An Idaho Falls man accused of seriously injuring his young child pleaded not guilty two two counts of felony aggravated battery.

Frederick Russell Kern, 30, entered his plea Wednesday morning in a Bonneville County courtroom.

He was arrested in September after an investigation into his 2-month-old son’s injuries. The infant had to be flown to a Salt Lake City hospital for injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. The child was in Kern’s care at the time.

The boy’s maternal grandmother told Local News 8 that he is receiving regular treatments at Primary Children’s Medical Center and is doing much better.

The case is scheduled to head to trial in January.

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