Babbitt Man gets 6 Years for Stabbing 3-Year-Old

Created: 10/13/2012 3:50 PM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

A Babbitt man accused of stabbing a 3-year-old girl he was babysitting has been sentenced to more than six years in prison.
    
During the January incident, 28-year-old Derek Nathan Klingfus was also shot by a Babbitt police officer after holding a knife to the toddler's throat. He pleaded guilty last month in State District Court in Virginia to the second-degree assault of the 3-year-old girl.
    
The Duluth News Tribune reports the girl suffered a serious knife wound to her body. The St. Louis County Attorney's Office later ruled the officer's use of force was justified.
    
Defense attorney Bruce Williams says his client read a brief statement during the sentencing Thursday, apologizing to the young girl's family and the victim.

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