Shellito convicted for malicious punishment of a child

On April 11, the Seventh Judicial District Court of Morrison County convicted Brandon Mark Shellito, 27, Little Falls, of one count of felony malicious punishment of a child.

On Sept. 12, 2011, Morrison County Social Services received a report that Shellito hurt his 3-year-old child. The incident occurred at Shellito’s mother’s home.

Both a Little Falls police officer and a social worker spoke with Shellito’s mother. She stated she was taking care of her grandchild when Shellito came to visit. During that time, she went to take a shower and a short time later, the grandchild came in crying. The grandmother asked Shellito what had happened and he said the child had fallen off the couch.

The grandmother took the child to the clinic where x-rays were taken. It was learned the child had a broken collar bone.

On Sept. 13, 2011, a police officer and a social worker took a taped statement from Shellito, who said he did not remember kicking the child, but he may have. Toward the end of his statement, he admitted kicking the child, but said he was not trying to cause harm. He just wanted the child to stop bothering him.

An examination of Shellito’s criminal record showed he had a prior conviction for malicious punishment of a child from March 9, 2011, in Morrison County.

Shellito was sentenced to both the correctional facility in St. Cloud for 15 months, stayed for five years and 108 days in jail. He was fined $135 and given supervised probation for five years.

Dismissed against Shellito were two felony counts of malicious punishment of a child because, said Attorney Michel Chisum, he pleaded guilty to one felony count of malicious punishment of a child.