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Greenville Mom & Boyfriend Charged With Child Abuse

Posted at 9:16 PM, Apr 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-25 09:21:21-04

STANTON, Mich. — A mother and her boyfriend were arrested Tuesday and charged with child abuse involving injuries to the woman’s 2-year-old daughter.

Samantha Slater and Benjamin Wilkins, both 26 and both of Greenville, were arrested after Slater and Brent Slater appeared for a pretrial conference in Montcalm County Juvenile Court to decide whether their parental rights should be terminated.

Samantha Slater and Wilkins were charged with first-degree and second-degree child abuse in the case of Brooklyn Weimer.

First-degree child abuse carries a maximum sentence of life in prison while second-degree child abuse has a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Brooklyn Weimer was rushed to the hospital on March 24 after first  responders found her suffering from severe injuries at a home on West Grove  Street in Greenville. She remains hospitalized at DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids after suffering life-threatening abdominal injuries, intracranial bleeding, severe brain swelling and lacerations on her liver.