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After bouncing baby 'harder than he should,' Fargo man now faces murder charge

STANLEY, N.D. - A 24-year-old Fargo man is now facing a Class AA felony murder charge for the death of his girlfriend's 6-month-old son in Stanley on Nov. 16, according to a listing on the North Dakota Courts site.

Cody Allen Faltersack had first been charged with Class B felony manslaughter following the baby's death. According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Faltersack had been home alone with the baby and had been playing video games. When the child woke up, Faltersack allegedly bounced him "harder than he should" and dropped the baby on the left side of his head when he went to put the baby on a bed.

Faltersack told police he then changed the baby and started bouncing him again "harder than he should." The baby was whimpering and having trouble breathing and Faltersack continued bouncing him. When the baby stiffened and stopped breathing, Faltersack gave the baby breaths and chest compressions. He called an ambulance and reported that a baby was not breathing. The baby was taken to Trinity Hospital in Minot and later died of brain trauma.

Faltersack later told police he had not told the ambulance crew what really happened because he was scared. Faltersack admitted that he knew not telling the ambulance crew the real cause of the baby's injuries could have resulted in the baby sustaining further injuries during treatment.