Charges of assaulting a child dismissed against Little Falls man

Roger Richard Hodgman, 23, Little Falls, had one felony count of third degree assault of a victim under 4 years old dismissed July 10, in Morrison County District Court

On March 8, 2013, the  Little Falls Police responded to a report of a domestic assault. The caller told police he had seen a man drag a woman by her hair into a residence.

The police arrived at the residence and Hodgman, who was not wearing a shirt, answered the door. The officers noted blood on his hands and chest.

Hodgman admitted arguing with his girlfriend, but said there had been no physical altercation. He told police she had left the residence.

Later, the victim arrived at the Little Falls Police Station and reported she had been assaulted by Hodgman. She said she had spent the night at his residence the prior evening, along with her 2-year-old son. Hodgman and she had argued in the morning and when she attempted to leave, he grabbed her by the hair, pulled her inside and threw her on the couch.

When the victim attempted to call 911, Hodgman grabbed the phone and threw it against the wall. He then dragged her downstairs by her hair while she was holding her son.

The victim told police Hodgman choked her several times when dragging her downstairs. She thought she was going to die in front of her son.

When downstairs, she said Hodgman punched her in the stomach.

Eventually, the victim was able to grab her son and run out the door. The child had a bump on his forehead from when Hodgman had pushed him.

The police returned to Hodgman’s residence and arrested him.

Todd Kosovich, assistant Morrison County Attorney, said the felony assault of a child charge was dismissed because Hodgman pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault by strangulation. He was sentenced to the 84 days time served in jail, fined $135 and given three years of supervised probation.

If Hodgman abides by the stipulations placed on him by the court during his probation, the charge may be lowered to a misdemeanor.