2018-02-07 / News

Suspect charged in baby abuse

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Derek Paehlig Derek Paehlig A 22-year-old man faces child abuse charges after a baby was brought to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Derek Paehlig of Deckerville was arraigned Friday before Magistrate Myla Ford on two charges; felony child abuse in the first degree, which carries a sentence of life or any term of years, and felony child abuse in the second degree, which carries a ten-year prison term. A cash or surety bond of $500,000 has been set. The suspect remains in jail.

According to the Sanilac County Prosecutor’s office, a review of police reports indicate that the Sanilac County Sheriff’s office was contacted by McKenzie Hospital in Sandusky on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, concerning an alleged complaint of child abuse involving an 11-month-old female child from the Peck area.

Sanilac County Undersheriff Brad Roff told the News that the suspect, the boyfriend of the baby’s mother, was alone with the child for a couple of hours on January 31, when the injuries are believed to have occurred.

According to Roff, the baby was transported by private vehicle to McKenzie Health System in Sandusky with “substantial head injuries, multiple fractures throughout the body, and trauma.”

The baby was then airlifted to Flint Hurley Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition.

Roff stated that authorities opened the case after responding to a call from McKenzie at around 1:40 p.m. that some family members were there arguing about the baby.

The responding officers determined the baby had been injured earlier that same day in the Peck area.

Roff said the 22-year-old suspect was interviewed at the sheriff’s office and arrested for felony child abuse, and Child Protective Services was notified.

Sanilac County Prosecuting Attorney James V. Young, who brought the charges against Paehlig, said in a written statement, “These cases are the hardest part of my job. We vigorously prosecute people who commit such cruel crimes against our most vulnerable and helpless children.”

According to Young, the next hearing for the suspect is scheduled for February 13, 2018 at 10 a.m.

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