STANTON, Mich. (WOOD) - A man who pleaded no contest to abusing a two-year-old child is headed to prison.
Ben Wilkins was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison, and $2,248 in costs and restitution on Thursday morning in Montcalm County Circuit Court.
In July, Wilkins pleaded no contest to second degree child abuse and being a habitual offender. A separate child abuse charge was dropped.
The charges stemmed from an incident in March where his girlfriend’s daughter, Brooklyn, was found unresponsive. Police said she suffered a closed-head injury.
Wilkins admitted to waiting an hour to call for help. He initially told 911 dispatchers that Brooklyn had fallen off the bathroom sink that she had climbed onto during a timeout.
He later told police he had made up stories about what happened to the little girl because he didn't want the authorities to get involved, according to court documents.
Samantha Slater, Brooklyn’s mother, was also charged with child abuse, but her charges were later dropped.
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