The mother of Natalie, the Durand toddler discovered beaten and burned, was arraigned Thursday morning in Shiawassee 66th District Court in Corunna on first degree child abuse charges. Neighbors applauded, WSMH reports, as Abigail Rae Springs, 19, was arrested and escorted from her home.
Sheriff Brian BeGole says Springs may face more charges. She is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.
Natalie, Springs' 22 month old child, was discovered to have burns, multiple broken bones and other internal injuries when her mother and grandmother took her to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, BeGole told Durand Now last week.
Natalie was transferred to Ann Arbor soon after.
Since then, community members near and far have rallied on behalf of Natalie and other child abuse victims; a vigil is planned for Saturday at 5pm at Trumble Park in Durand.
The dogs saw the older model blueish van pulling up the driveway and immediately went nuts. I saw a young man jump out of the passenger door and come jogging up to the front door of our house. I opened the door cautiously, stepped halfway out onto the porch, and tried to hear what he was saying.
“You must be the man of the house,” were the first words out of his mouth.