Friday, May 15, 2015

Dad pleads guilty to abusing 8-week-old daughter; baby had bone fractures (Canton, Michigan)

Dad is identified as VINCENT JOEL FRENCH II.

Canton father pleads guilty to abusing baby daughter

Darrell Clem,1:15 p.m. EDT May 12, 2015

A 33-year-old Canton father has pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree child abuse involving his baby daughter, who was only eight weeks old when she suffered fractured bones, a court clerk confirmed Tuesday.

Vincent Joel French II, jailed with a $500,000 cash bond since his arrest in October, could face penalties ranging up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced by Wayne County Circuit Judge Ulysses Boykin.

French pleaded guilty in late April to a single charge of second-degree child abuse after authorities agreed to dismiss a second count, the clerk said. His decision averted a trial that had been scheduled to start this week.

Canton police Lt. Michael Steckel has said the infant suffered three fractured ribs and a fractured femur in her right leg. The child's wounds already had started to heal by the time she was taken to a hospital.

Canton police Lt. Chad Baugh had said the incident happened at The Crossings, an apartment complex near Joy Road and I-275 on Canton's north side. Police learned the girl had been abused from Child Protective Services, which had been contacted by the hospital.

French already had pleaded guilty in 35th District Court to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence involving his 7-year-old stepdaughter, a court clerk confirmed Tuesday. He was sentenced to the maximum 93 days in jail – time he already has served – for that offense.

In return for that plea, a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree child abuse, also involving the stepdaughter, was dismissed, the clerk said.

Baugh has said none of the charges against French involved his 9-year-old stepson.