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Phoenix man pleads not guilty to child abuse

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Brenden Michael Fairbanks. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Brenden Michael Fairbanks. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A man who held a plastic pen to his son and threatened to throw him out a window pleaded not guilty to child abuse and associated charges.

Brenden Michael Fairbanks, 32, was taken down by Phoenix police after the threats to Fairbanks' 8-year-old son on Dec. 3 at a Phoenix apartment complex.

He was charged with one count each of child abuse, endangerment, disorderly conduct, criminal damage, aggravated assault on an officer and resisting arrest.

He entered his plea at his arraignment Monday morning in Maricopa County Superior Court. His next scheduled court appearance is Feb. 6.

Fairbanks, who was clothed in camouflage shorts, was pounding on an apartment door and yelling at a woman inside, according to court documents. Officers found Fairbanks inside the apartment, which they said appeared to have been ransacked.

Fairbanks was holding his 8-year-old son in his arms, pointing a 12- to 14-inch plastic pen at him, according to the document.

Fairbanks refused officers' orders to put his son down and then broke the glass of the window with his son's feet as he tried to throw him out the window onto the glass three feet below, according to the document.

Officers pulled Fairbanks back into the apartment and were able to free his son before using a Taser and eventually striking Fairbanks in order to take him into custody.

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