SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A South Haven woman and her son have pleaded no contest to child abuse charges after a malnourished 11-year-old boy was found wandering in the street last year.
Authorities said plumber’s tape was used to keep the young boy restrained for several hours at a time at a home in Columbia Township, north of Bangor.
The boy told authorities that he was not fed and was frequently chained to the floor with metal cuffs around his wrists, court records say. He also said he had been hit with a belt. Deputies say they found bruises on the boy’s torso that were consistent with his account. He was also “extremely malnourished,” according to the sheriff’s office.
The boy’s mother’s boyfriend Randall Hamilton, 28, and Hamilton’s 46-year-old mother Peggy Hamilton each pleaded no contest Thursday to first-degree child abuse as part of a plea agreement. Torture charges were dismissed and a drug charge was dropped against Randall.
They are expected to be sentenced March 2.