The brutal rape of a 9-month-old girl in Hastings has left even police officers, emergency room doctors and courthouse workers outraged.
The baby needed extensive surgery to repair her badly torn body after the April 24 attack but is now at home with her parents. The 41-year-old suspect, Michael Frederick Schmidt of Hastings, has a history of child endangerment and domestic abuse convictions. He was charged Thursday in Dakota County District Court.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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