Luis Alberto Fuentes, a 25-year-old man with ties to both Florida and Nevada, has accepted a plea bargain from the Prosecutor’s Office, in which he pled no contest to counts of second degree attempted child abuse.
According to Michigan State Police officers from the Cadillac Post, the child was in Fuentes’ care at a home in Cherry Grove Township in Wexford County, when she was injured. Although very little is being revealed about the nature of the baby’s injuries, a statement released by MSP recently revealed that the baby’s injuries “were severe and were the result of child abuse.”
Hospital records show that the infant was brought by her mother to Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital, where the injuries were assessed by medical personnel. However, the baby has since been transferred to the intensive care unit at DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids for treatment.
The baby’s mother, along with several others, have all corroborated the fact that the child was solely in Fuentes’ care when the injuries occurred. No one else was named as a suspect in the investigation, and no other charges have been brought against anyone else.
Interestingly, no mention was ever made regarding whether or not the mother was investigated by CPS for leaving her child in Fuentes’ care. Sometimes, in these situations, CPS will investigate a parent who they believe failed to protect their child by leaving them with a possible abuser.
Prior to his plea bargain, Fuentes was charged with single counts of both third and fourth degree child abuse, two counts of felony torture, and three counts of first-degree child abuse. These are very serious crimes and had he been convicted, he may have spent the rest of his natural life in prison.
Under MIchigan law both first degree child abuse and torture are felonies punishable by life in prison, or any number of years. Third degree child abuse is also a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison, while fourth degree child abuse is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.
Fuentes is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20th at 9 am in the Wexford County Circuit Court in Cadillac.