Greenville Man Pleads No Contest To Child Abuse

Posted at 12:19 PM, Jul 17, 2013

ben wilkingsSTANTON,Mich. — Benjamin Wilkins, 26, pleaded no contest on July 12 to second-degree child abuse and being a habitual offender second offense. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

Samantha Slater and Wilkins were charged with first-degree and second-degree child abuse in the case of 2-year old Brooklyn Weimer.

Greenville police say Wilkins reported finding Brooklyn unresponsive in the bathroom after putting her in timeout. Brooklyn was in the care of Wilkins and her mother at the time.

Samantha Slater says she was asleep during the alleged abuse.

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.