West Michigan mother accused of torturing 6-year-old

Posted at 4:07 PM, Dec 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-22 17:15:42-05

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. — A Van Buren County woman has been charged in a brutal abuse case involving her 6-year-old child with autism.

According to South Haven District Court, Stephanie Yvette Arteaga was arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree child abuse and torture.

Arteaga, 47, of Bangor could face life in prison for each of the charges.  Officials say the abuse had been going on for roughly three years.

According to Michigan State Police, investigators were dispatched to the Bronson Lakeview Emergency Room on Dec. 17 after injuries were discovered on the child.