Dale Kunath. 28, is shown in this undated family handout photo
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Judge Neil Wittmann granted Crown prosecutor Jayme Williams' request for testing on Dale Walter Kunath, pending a sentencing hearing in November.
Kunath, 29, pleaded guilty Friday to two charges of aggravated assault on a six-week-old infant.
He admitted he intentionally caused the child pain to his penis, anus and his feet, because he was angry at the boy's mother.
Kunath had faced a charged of aggravated sexual assault, but Williams amended that allegation to exclude any suggestion his motivation for the attack was for sexual gratification.
Reading from a statement of agreed facts signed by the offender and his lawyer, Jim Lutz, Williams said Kunath was living in High River, AB, but occasionally spending time at the boy's mother's Calgary home.
During that period he caused a tearing injury to the child's penis, and well as burning on his feet and wounds to his anal region.
Outside court, Lutz said the sexual allegation had to be dropped because there was no evidence Kunath was motivated by sexual gratification.
"The issue in this case is proving what the purpose of the injuries were," he said.
Lutz acknowledged the assault on the young child was disturbing.
"The facts are really troubling, of course," he said.
Williams also said it was difficult to deal with the crime, particularly considering the victim's age.
"This is, in my career, the most serious case of child abuse I've dealt with," she said. "This is the youngest victim that I've had."
Earlier she told court the six-week-old child was taken to Alberta Children's Hospital on June 22, 2010, suffering a V-shaped laceration on his penis, which required surgery.
Doctors then discovered older injuries to the child's anus and feet, Williams said.
Wittmann will hear sentencing submissions on Nov. 9.
Kunath remains in custody pending that hearing, in which Williams said she will be seeking a significant penitentiary term.