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Suspect in missing woman case convicted of child abuse in 2012

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FARGO – The criminal history of William Hoehn, who faces a likely charge of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the disappearance of a 22-year-old pregnant woman, includes a 2012 conviction in Grand Forks County for child neglect or abuse and a 2016 conviction in Cass County for simple assault/domestic violence.

In the Grand Forks County case, court documents say Hoehn brought his infant son, who had a swollen head, to a Grand Forks hospital in January 2011.

Doctors said the boy had fractures near his right ear, and authorities ruled out the possibility the injuries were caused by an accident or medical condition, according to court records.

In that case, Hoehn pleaded guilty to child neglect or abuse, a felony, and was sentenced to 130 days in jail.

In the Cass County case, Hoehn pleaded guilty to a Class B misdemeanor and was ordered to serve one day in jail and pay $250 in fees.

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Court records say the case involved a domestic incident at Hoehn’s apartment on May 5, 2016.

Hoehn's girlfriend at the time told police that an argument started as they were sorting laundry and Hoehn slapped her with a shirt.

She said he then threw her on the bed and tried to tie her up.

When she ran to the bathroom to get away, she said Hoehn "slammed her down" into the bathtub and said he was going to drown her.

Hoehn told police he was trying to put the shower on her and "it might have been excessive to put her into the bathtub," court records said.

The two had been dating and living together for two years at the time, according to court records.

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The word “bathtub” in that case stands out because of a comment made by a man who lives in Hoehn’s north Fargo apartment building, where police Thursday discovered a newborn in Hoehn’s unit.

Christipher Miranda, who lives below Hoehn, said he heard noises in the bathroom above his apartment Saturday afternoon, around the time the missing woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, disappeared after reportedly going to Hoehn’s apartment to model a dress.

Miranda said he heard banging sounds in the bathtub in the apartment above him about 1:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. and that the sounds lasted for 15 to 20 minutes. He said he could then hear the shower running.

Hoehn was convicted in November in Cass County District Court on the domestic abuse charge, and he was given two days in jail and ordered to pay $400 in fees.

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