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St. Paul man faces child abuse trial; toddler remains in coma

HUDSON, Wis. -- A judge has ruled that a St. Paul man will stand trial on charges of inflicting life-threatening injuries to his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son.

The boy has been in a coma since April 8.

St. Croix County Judge Eric Lundell made the decision in the case of Jonathon D. Wierstad after hearing testimony from Hudson police Detective Sgt. Geoff Willems, the only witness called at the preliminary hearing Monday.

Wierstad, 24, is charged with felony physical child abuse –- recklessly causing great bodily harm.

Willems testified that Wierstad has changed his story three times about what happened on the morning of April 8 in the Hudson residence he shared with his girlfriend and her son at the time.

Wierstad remains free on $25,000 bail. He is scheduled for arraignment May 19. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The boy remains unconscious and on a ventilator at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul.