Police want to hear from women who dated suspect in baby's death

The Benton County Sheriff's Office issued an appeal on Friday.
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Police in Benton County, Minnesota, want to hear from women who had a relationship with a man suspected in an infant's death.

James Wood, 29, has been charged this week in the death of a 7-month-old child in Rice, Minnesota.

The baby was found to have died at a home on the 1100 block of 108th St. NW. last Saturday, having suffered blunt force trauma.

Wood was in a "significant relationship" with the baby's mother, and is charged with 2nd degree and 3rd-degree murder in the child's death.

On Friday, the Benton County Sheriff issued an appeal for past girlfriends of Wood's to come forward, saying they would like to interview anyone who had been in a relationship with him.

That's because the investigation into the tot's death has revealed Wood had been using online dating sites, including plentyoffish.com, to initiate relationships with women.

"Detectives would like to identify and interview all women who were involved in a significant relationship with James Wood over the past 11 years," the sheriff's office said.

"Detectives are seeking information on any past patterns of violence or abuse in these relationships."

Anyone who has been in a relationship with Wood since 2007 should call 320-968-7201.

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