A second person has been arraigned in the child abuse case involving a Durand toddler. Derrick Mason III, 27, faces life in prison on a single count of 1st Degree Child Abuse if convicted. The mother of 22 month old Natalie, Abigail Rae Springs, 19, of Durand, was arraigned on Thursday on a single count of 1st Degree Child Abuse and also faces life in prison if convicted. Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole indicated that Springs could face additional charges. Both Springs and Mason are being held on a $500,000 bond each.
Natalie remains hospitalized in Ann Arbor. Sheriff BeGole told Durand Now last week that this case is the most severe that the department has ever seen. Natalie was taken to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing by her mother and grandmother on February 15th. Hospital employees alerted Durand Police to a possible child abuse situation after discovering Natalie suffered broken bones, severe burns and severe internal injuries.
As the investigation unfolded, Durand Police contacted the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department for assistance, BeGole said.
A candlelight vigil for Natalie will be held at Trumble Park on Saturday. It will begin at 5pm.
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.