November 13, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

In 2001 the state of Michigan changed the statute of limitations on prosecuting the sexual abuse of a child. Prior to this date, the time limit on the prosecution of these crimes was either six years, or the 21st birthday of the victim, whichever came last.   Since the change in law, there is no…

November 11, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Michael Ettenberger, the 46-year-old former Indiana middle school principal was recently sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison. He was convicted by a jury in Jackson County on multiple felony counts relating to criminal sexual conduct.   His sentencing was as follows:

November 9, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

The story of little Bree Green stirred up significant public outcry, both for and against the use of medical marijuana with regard to parenting. Maria Green, uses cannabis to ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and her husband Steve consumes it to manage his epilepsy. But when the Greens became engaged in a custody dispute…

November 6, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Elderly and vulnerable adult abuse is a growing problem in communities all across Michigan. According to Michigan’s Adult Protective Services, instances of elder abuse have more than doubled in just a few years.   This increase is concerning to law enforcement officials and senior citizen advocates. “People are reporting it more,” says Judy Sivak, the…

November 4, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

On Monday, October 20th at about 4 pm, Deputy Steve Bismack of the Huron County Sheriff’s Department responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home on Minden Road. What he discovered there has shocked people across the state.   After speaking to the people involved, the deputy was given permission to enter one of…

October 30, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Imagine a man bringing four West African children to Ypsilanti, Michigan. They were brought to this country using false records, pretending these were his children. The man promised a better life and an opportunity to learn. However, the children said the man failed to keep his promise. He beat these children on a regular basis;…

October 28, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Medical Examiner Says Abuse Was Extreme When Michigan couple Tyler Arndt and Brianna Kwekel parted ways, she moved to Tennessee and took their little son, Dakota, with her. According to Arndt, they had only stayed together for their son, and during that time, he had regularly questioned Kwekel’s judgment as a parent. When she took…

October 23, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

26-year-old Travis Glass was initially sentenced on October 1st for abusive treatment of his then-girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter. But after discovering that Glass made several inappropriate comments about his former partner while waiting in the holding cell, District Court Judge Carol Sue Reader chose to vacate that sentence and study the case further before imposing a…

October 21, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Jamarion Lawhorn, Kent County’s youngest murderer on record, is apparently just as much a victim as he is a criminal. Although he is currently facing charges for the killing of 9-year-old Michael Verkerke, Jamarion’s actions have opened up an investigation into the past that has turned out to be a sad and sordid story.

October 16, 2014 Abuse and Neglect Attorney

Jeremy Lee Perry, is the 21-year-old father of an infant girl who is recovering from injuries that police say are the result of an alleged beating. He was recently arraigned on charges of first degree child abuse.