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Legal Statutes: Minnesota

UPDATED August 15, 2016

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Crimes Against the Person

back to top609.223. Assault in the third degree

Subdivision 1. Substantial bodily harm. Whoever assaults another and inflicts substantial bodily harm may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.

Subd. 2. Past pattern of child abuse. Whoever assaults a minor may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both, if the perpetrator has engaged in a past pattern of child abuse against the minor. As used in this subdivision, “child abuse” has the meaning given it in section 609.185, paragraph (a), clause (5).

Subd. 3. Felony; victim under four. Whoever assaults a victim under the age of four, and causes bodily harm to the child's head, eyes, or neck, or otherwise causes multiple bruises to the body, is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.

Laws 1979, c. 258, § 6. Amended by Laws 1984, c. 628, art. 3, § 11, eff. May 3, 1984; Laws 1989, c. 290, art. 6, § 10, eff. Aug. 1, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 542, § 17; Laws 1994, c. 636, art. 2, § 20; Laws 2015, c. 21, art. 1, § 100, eff. Aug. 1, 2015.