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Published May 31, 2013, 09:59 AM

Bismarck man accused of trying to strangle teenage stepson

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man is accused of trying to strangle his teenage stepson during an argument.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man is accused of trying to strangle his teenage stepson during an argument.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that 46-year-old Paul Shumpert was charged Thursday with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, child abuse and child neglect. All are Class C felonies.

Authorities say the mother of the 13-year-old boy reported Wednesday evening that her son had been choked and was not breathing. Officers say the boy was unresponsive when officers arrived and had bruises on his neck, arms, legs and face.

Shumpert allegedly told police he struck the boy with a belt five times and fought with him for about 15 minutes, and at one point put his hand over the boy's mouth and nose for approximately a minute.

Court officials did not know if Shumpert has an attorney.

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