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Judge to Decide Verdict in Laufenberg Case

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Iowa - Troy Laufenberg's trial for child endangerment causing serious injury took a different turn today.

Dubuque police arrested the 21-year-old man in August. He is accused of severely injuring then 18-month-old Myah Larson in July. Doctors said the Monona girl suffered injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Prosecutors say Laufenberg told police the girl fell down some stairs. But in an affidavit, doctors say her injury was consistent with a kick or punch. The girl is still in the hospital.

Clayton County prosecutor Al Heavens says both sides agreed today to a trial by the minutes of testimony. Heavens says the judge will review the evidence in the case and what the witnesses are expected to say and then reach a verdict based on the review of the case. There won't be any testimony before the judge or a jury and neither side will have the ability to cross-examine witnesses.

As part of the agreement between the attorneys Laufenberg will face up to 15 years in prison if he's found guilty. Heavens says the judge could have a decision as early as next week.

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