WORTHINGTON - The state will seek an aggravated sentence against a Worthington man accused of severely assaulting a toddler.

The prosecutor in the state’s case against Edgar A. Gutierrez-Munoz, 26, filed a motion this week in Nobles County District Court indicating its intent to seek “increased sentences, possibly the maximum penalty allowed by law.”

The maximum sentence set forth by Minnesota law for the felony assault and malicious punishment of a child charges is five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

In its argument, the prosecutor argued that the victim was particularly vulnerable due to his age and that he was treated with particular cruelty.

Gutierrez-Munoz was arrested May 13 after a 2-year-old with severe injuries to his face, eyes, head and neck was taken to the emergency room. A specialist stated the extent of the child’s injuries were “highly suggestive” of child abuse. Gutierrez-Munoz was reportedly entrusted in caring for the child at the time.