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      Case involving alleged child abuse settled without trial

      A probate court case in Dickinson County involving a county sheriff's department deputy has been settled without a trial.

      According to the county prosecutor Don Powell, the case against Matthew Linsenbigler and Kristin Punzel was settled with the Department of Human Services.

      It had been alleged that one parent had caused harm to their then four-month-old child by shaking and failed to provide proper medical care. As part of the settlement, DHS dismissed the intentional harm allegation and dismissed Punzel from the case.

      Linsenbigler entered a no contest admission on the failure to provide medical care, and in return, voluntarily terminated his parental rights.

      Powell said there was no finding made by the judge that either of the parents intentionally harmed the child.