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Trial date set for Austin man in abuse case


AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- A trial date is set for an Austin man accused of abusing his one-year-old son in July 2011.

James John Mentz, 23, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault causing great bodily harm.

A complaint said his son, who was four months old at the time, suffered abusive head trauma under Mentz's care.

The complaint goes on to say the child has had increasing seizure activity since then, and is currently sedated on a ventilator.

Mentz claimed in the complaint a fall caused his son's injuries.

His trial is set for August 27 in Mower County District Court.

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