Muskegon Mom Headed for Prison
At 3 months of age, Oryn Bastian was removed from his parents care and placed into protective custody. And now his mother is going to prison for the role she played in his abuse.
Police records show that the infant was brought to Mercy Health hospital in Muskegon because of irregular breathing and lethargy. But upon further inspection, hospital staff discovered that the damage was far more severe.
In fact, little Oryn almost died as a result of the brain and spinal injuries he had sustained, in addition to the leg and arm fractures. Add to that, the fact that he was severely malnourished, and the state stepped in.
An investigation was opened, and almost immediately the waters got muddied. Fingers were pointed, denials were made, and lies were told. But in the end it was determined that Oryn’s father, Kevin Lee Bastian, had committed the majority of the abuse. But his mother, Randee Adrianne Bastian had done nothing to prevent it.
Randee Bastion was charged with second-degree child abuse for her failure to protect her son from her husband’s abuse, and for allowing him to become malnourished. In addition, she was also charged with lying to the investigators by claiming that the baby’s injuries were the result of a fall. She pled guilty to both charges.
Kevin was charged with first-degree child abuse, to which he pled no contest. According to the investigation, he intentionally struck the infant’s head on a faucet, the door frame and also the baby’s changing table. Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks sentenced him to 3 ½ to 20 years in prison, with 388 days of credit for time already served.
Now, just days after Kevin’s sentencing, Judge Hicks sentenced Randee to prison for 18 months to 10 years for second-degree child abuse, and 364 days for lying to police. However, he did also grant her credit for the 364 days she had already served in jail.
Court documents show that Oryn has fully recovered from his injuries, although doctors are uncertain about whether or not there will be any long term effects. But for now, he is doing well and developing normally in the care of the state.