Mount Clemens father arrested on child abuse charges
By Julie Snyder
November 4, 2013
UPDATE: Girl, with 18 broken bones, expected to make full recovery
MOUNT CLEMENS — A 29-year-old Mount Clemens father is being held on $2 million bond while Macomb County Sheriff’s detectives look into a possible case of child abuse.
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said detectives were called to Children’s Hospital in Detroit at around noon on Oct. 31 at the request of a social worker and hospital staff after a 3-week-old girl was admitted with multiple fractures.
A report written by the sheriff’s department states that the infant’s injuries were the result of suspected child abuse, and after interviewing both parents back at the station, it was determined that the child’s father, Lance Finner, was in sole care of the child when she became injured.
“They were both at the home at the time, but the (infant’s) mother was asleep,” said Wickersham. The child’s mother, who is Finner’s wife, awoke to the girl’s cries, and the two took her to the hospital.
The sheriff said Finner is being uncooperative with investigators. “He (Finner) hasn’t told them what happened,” he said.
The family resides on Comet Street in Mount Clemens, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant and Finner was taken into custody on Nov. 1 An interim bond hearing was held on Nov. 2, at which time 41-A District Court Magistrate Michael J. Piatek ordered Finner held on a $2 million bond. He was arraigned Nov. 4 in 41-B District County in Clinton Township on a charge of first degree child abuse, which carries a penalty of up to life in prison. His bond continued at $2 million.
Wickersham said the child sustained 18 broken bones from the neck down, but is expected to make a full recovery.
About the author
Staff Writer Julie Snyder covers Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, and Mount Clemens Community Schools for the Journal. She has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2003, and attended the University of Toledo with degrees in journalism and photography. Julie has received several awards for her work in Arizona and Washington, including AP awards in Arizona for breaking news reporting and feature writing.
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