Cheboygan, Mich. -- By MIKE FORNES
CHEBOYGAN — A Benton Township man is being held on a $300,000 cash or surety bond after being arraigned Wednesday in connection with serious injuries inflicted upon a 1-year-old child.
Sean Paul Bauers, 23, was arrested Tuesday and is facing a charge of first-degree child abuse — punishable upon conviction by life in prison or any term of years. He is also punishable as a second-offense habitual offender.
Michigan State Police were called to the emergency room of McLaren Northern Michigan hospital at Cheboygan on Oct. 31 to investigate a complaint of suspected child abuse.
Alyssa Armbruster, 19, had brought in her 1-year-old son, Harlow Cole, for treatment on his first birthday after he was lethargic and barely awake following an extended sleep period that began in the late afternoon the day before. Police say that Bauers had been caring for the child.
A court affidavit states that Baby Harlow was examined by Dr. Thomas Charlton, who told police the child sustained numerous injuries that included trauma to the brain, spinal hemorrhaging, two fractured ribs and abusive bruising to the right side of the face, the left neck, the right chest and both sides of the back. In addition, a red area on the child's back near the neck appeared to be a type of rug-burn.
After being transferred to McLaren's Petoskey Campus, the child was then airlifted to Devos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. The injuries were "not accidental trauma," in the physician's opinion.
"This is probably the worst case I've had since I've been here," Cheboygan County Prosecutor Daryl Vizina said following the arraignment. "This involves a child. The reports we are getting from Devos Children's Hospital are not good."
Police say that Bauers admitted to shaking the baby "a handful of times," the affidavit states, including an episode of Oct. 29. Armbruster offered no opinion to police as to how the boy was injured, noting only that "he bruises easily."
"The child could be blind and permanently disabled," Vizina said. "He has undergone a tracheotomy and finally had a ventilator removed (Tuesday) but began having seizures so it had to be put back in. He could be hospitalized for another six weeks and likely faces long-term care."
Bauers will undergo a pre-trial on Nov. 21, with a preliminary examination to follow on Nov. 28.
Michigan State Police are seeking further information from individuals who are invited to call (989) 732-5141.".
This poor young child is suffering because of this man. :( please help baby Harlow and his mom Alyssa.