Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hearing set for dad accused of abusing 11-week-old daughter (Brighton, Michigan)

Disgusting that fathers like Josh Powell get supervised visitation--despite the fact that he was "suspected" in the disappearance (murder) of the mother of their children. Recently we were told that he sexually abused his sons before he managed to murder them during his so-called supervised visitation.

This mom gets supervised--even though she wasn't even home when Daddy went off on the baby. But she is blamed for the actions of another anyway.   And may be charged with neglect, with the only reason being--according to this article--that she repeated Daddy's cover story to the authorities. Bit of a double standard?

Meanwhile, for now at least, dad JOSHUA QUINCY BURNS no longer has visitation. But it appears he did previously.

Daddy coddling at its finest.

Hearing set for dad accused of abusing infant daughter

Brighton man denied request to visit child

May 28, 2014 2:32 AM

Written by Lisa Roose-Church
Daily Press & Argus

A Brighton father accused of abusing his then-11-week-old daughter asked Tuesday for a preliminary exam in the case.

The hearing, set for June 10 in Livingston County District Court, will determine if there is probable cause to send Joshua Quincy Burns to Circuit Court for trial on a charge of second-degree child abuse.

Authorities allege Burns’ daughter suffered “abusive head trauma not consistent” with the parents’ explanation of her injury. A University of Michigan Medical Center physician told authorities that she believes the child is at further risk of physical harm or death if left in the home, according to court records.

According to court records, there is “no clear source” for the infant’s trauma except a March 15 incident when she was in her father’s care at the family’s Fifth Street home.

Court records show the infant’s mother was at a hair appointment and she called her husband, who said he took his hands off his daughter for a brief moment while holding her on his lap.

Burns’ wife told authorities that her husband claimed their daughter “lurched forward” and he caught her on her face. She said when she arrived home that she saw a fingerprint on her daughter’s face and redness around the infant’s eye, court records show.

Burns told authorities a similar story, but the U-M doctor told authorities that the alleged fall — covering a “very short distance with no contact with a hard surface” — was inconsistent with the infant’s intracranial and ophthalmologist injuries.

The doctor noted that any bruising on an infant who is preambulatory is “highly suspect for physical abuse,” according to court records.

The infant, now 4 months old, has been placed in the custody of the Department of Human Services pending the outcome of an abuse/neglect case filed against both Burns and his wife. The neglect/abuse case is set for trial in July.

Burns’ wife has supervised visitation with her daughter, but Burns’ visitation rights have been suspended, according to court records.

His attorney asked the judge Tuesday to allow him to visit with his daughter, but Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Rose opposed the request.

Rose said Burns was home alone with his daughter when the injuries allegedly occurred and as a result, the infant has suffered bleeding on her brain.

“She will have ongoing brain trauma,” Rose said.

The judge denied the defense’s request.