Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dad to go to trial for assaulting 8-week-old daughter (Canton, Michigan)

Dad is identified as VINCENT JOEL FRENCH II.

Canton father’s trial set on child abuse charges

Darrell Clem, 12:06 a.m. EST February 19, 2015

She was only eight weeks old when she arrived at a hospital after police say she was physically abused. Her young bones had been fractured – three ribs, the femur in her right leg.

Her alleged assailant was a 33-year-old man who authorities say should have been her protector – her father, Vincent Joel French II.

Barring a plea deal, French, 33, will have his day in court May 11, when his jury trial has been set in Wayne County Circuit Court. If convicted of two counts of second-degree child abuse, he could face penalties ranging up to 10 years in prison.

French, jailed after his arrest in October with a $500,000 cash bond, has pleaded not guilty to the felony charges.

However, he already has disposed of misdemeanor charges in 35th District Court. A clerk said French received the maximum 93 days in jail, plus $125 in fines, after he pleaded guilty to domestic violence. An additional count of fourth-degree child abuse was dismissed.

The misdemeanor charges arose from an incident involving French’s 7-year-old stepdaughter. None of the charges involve his 9-year-old stepson, Canton police Lt. Chad Baugh has said. #French’s felony case is pending in Wayne County Circuit Judge Ulysses Boykin’s courtroom. He was charged after his baby daughter was taken to a hospital for injuries that police say already had begun to heal.

Canton police Lt. Chad Baugh said the incident happened at The Crossings, an apartment complex on Canton’s far north side, near I-275 and Joy Road. #Police learned of the alleged abuse from Child Protective Services, which had been notified by the hospital.