Dad WAYNE HARTLEY has been charged with attempted murder of his infant daughter. Dad was babysitting while Mom was running errands, and when she returned, the baby had severe bruising on her neck.
Father Charged With Attempted Murder of Infant Daughter
Isabella County prosecutors today charged a 28 year-old Mt. Pleasant man with the attempted murder of his eight month-old daughter.
Police say the infant girl had severe bruising on her neck and arrested Wayne Hartley for the attack yesterday. Hartley's wife discovered the injuries after returning home in the morning from running errands.
Police tell us based on the severity of the injuries they ruled out child abuse and considered it attempted murder. The girl spent a day in the hospital before being released.
"This is a very serious case, very tragic," says Laude Hartrum, undersheriff of Isabella County. "This went well beyond [child abuse] to the point of life-threatening injuries."
In an Isabella County courtroom today the judge told Hartley he considered him a flight risk.
The judge took the extraordinary step of setting bond at $1 million dollars.
9&10's Michael Kasiborski and photojournalist Stephanie Adkins were in the courtroom today and have this report.