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Published September 02, 2011, 09:36 AM

Minnesota boy on life support after suspected abuse

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — Anoka County authorities say a woman and her boyfriend are suspected of abusing her 3-year-old son severely enough to nearly kill him.

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — Anoka County authorities say a woman and her boyfriend are suspected of abusing her 3-year-old son severely enough to nearly kill him.

The sheriff's office says the boy was on life support Thursday. The office says he had severe head trauma, punctured lungs and bruises all over his body.

Sheriff's Cmdr. Paul Sommer says it appears "unlikely" the boy will recover.

The boy's mother brought him to a Coon Rapids hospital Tuesday about 6 p.m. Sommer declined to say how the couple explained the boy's injuries but says the explanation wasn't consistent with the severity of injuries.

Sommer says the 40-year-old mother and 24-year-old boyfriend, who's not the child's father, will likely be charged Friday.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report (http://bit.ly/q4FuzH ) says the man and woman have prior drug convictions.

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