OWATONNA — A man with a record of domestic violence has been charged with repeatedly abusing children.

Shaun Fedder, 38, is charged with two felony counts of malicious punishment of a child and two counts felony domestic assault causing harm. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

According to the complaint, police and child protection workers at Minnesota Prairie County Alliance spoke with two children in December about Fedder’s actions.

One child, 11, told police Fedder had lifted the child off the ground by the hair, thrown her into closets and cabinets and drawn on the children while they slept with a marker. The second child, 7, reported being struck with a belt, with a hairbrush and with a wooden sword that broke skin. They also reported that during a domestic argument in December, Fedder had prevented them from calling for help or leaving their residence.

The complaint notes Fedder has been listed in eight child protection reports from 2015, and was convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault in 2015 and felony domestic assault in 2010.

Court records list a hearing in the case May 20, although Fedder’s first appearance is not scheduled until Friday. The case was initially filed April 18.

William Morris is a reporter for the Owatonna People’s Press. He can be reached at 444-2372; follow him on Twitter @OPPWilliam

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