DULUTH – A 14-year-old girl who went missing has been found.
SUPERIOR - A Superior man who police say repeatedly bit his three-month-old son has been charged.
Byron Benson, 24, is facing one count of physical abuse of a child intentionally causing bodily harm.
Court documents said Benson was watching his son alone at his home at 1905 ½ Banks Ave. when the child woke up from a nap "fussing, crying and whimpering."
Benson picked up the baby and was going to change his diaper, when at one point, he blacked out for about five minutes, according to the criminal complaint.
Benson woke up, saw bite marks on the baby and told police he broke down crying, apologized to his son, kissed him, and cried so hard that he passed out.
Before the blackout, Benson told police the TV was loud and could not tell if that or the child's crying triggered his actions.
Benson admitted to police that he bit his son and said he has never blacked out before, not even while drinking.
Doctors at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center later determined the child had been bitten 11 times with bite marks on both legs, front and back, a large bruise and abrasions on his left cheek, a faint bite mark across his nose, a bite mark on his right cheek, and a deep bite mark on his right shoulder.
Benson will be back in court next week for a preliminary hearing.