STANTON, Mich. (WOOD) - Child abuse charges against a Greenville mother have been dismissed.
Samantha Slater was originally charged with first- and second-degree child abuse after her 2-year-old daughter Brooklyn was hospitalized with critical injuries.
But Thursday, a judge declined to bind Slater over to circuit court for trial, according to a Montcalm County District Court clerk.
While Slater is no longer fighting criminal child abuse charges, she will have to fight to keep her children. Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause told 24 Hour News 8 that she is still taking Slater to family court to try to terminate her parental rights. That trial is set for the end of May.
24 Hour News 8 went to the address listed for Slater in court documents Thursday, hoping to speak to Slater and get more insight into what happened to her little girl. A man there called news crews "vultures," saying he'd been harassed, and threatened a lawsuit.
On March 24, 2012, Brooklyn was seriously injured at her home and found breathing but unresponsive by emergency responders. She was taken to a Greenville hospital with a closed-head injury and later taken to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, where she was put on life support.
Slater and her boyfriend said she had fallen off a bathroom sink while in time out. Both were charged about a month later.
In the first part of Slater's preliminary exam Tuesday, a witness lost consciousness on the stand after becoming confused about the proceedings. That exam was adjourned and scheduled to reconvene Thursday.
Slater's boyfriend Ben Wilkins still faces charges of first- and second-degree child abuse. According to court documents, help for the girl was delayed after Wilkins made up stories because he did not want authorities to get involved.
24 Hour News 8's Marlee Ginter contributed to this report.
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