GREAT FALLS — A Rocky Boy man has pleaded guilty to assaulting an 11-month-old boy as part of a plea agreement that would dismiss a second-degree murder charge stemming from the child’s Oct. 21 death on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.
Garrett “Kirby” LaFromboise, 21, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury on Tuesday during a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Keith Strong in in Great Falls.
Prosecutors said they would have proved in court that on Oct. 21, LaFromboise became frustrated because the child would not stop crying. Court records say he told investigators he put his fingers in the boy’s mouth and gagged him to try to make him stop crying before punching him in the stomach.
LaFromboise’s public defender Evangelo Arvanetes told the magistrate that he and his client reviewed the plea agreement and found it “more appropriate for his offense than what his co-defendant has done.”
Cecilia Rose Gardipee, 22, pleaded not guilty in December to second-degree murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury and aiding and abetting on each charge in the boy’s death. Assistant U.S. Attorney Danna Jackson said the boy also suffered skull fractures, bleeding and bruising of the brain, bleeding on the spinal cord and may have been suffocated.
Federal prosecutors identified the victim only by the initials K.S.