Two Clare County men are headed to trial on charges of torture and first-degree child abuse.
A Monday pretrial hearing for Gerald T. Hall and his brother, Glen L. Hall, failed to produce plea agreements so the case will proceed, said Special Prosecutor Norman E. Gage. Glen Hall, 44, faces an additional charge of being an habitual offender.
A trial date is pending.
State police from the Mount Pleasant Post claim the men in October took turns using a blow torch to burn a 6-year-old boy's buttocks to punish him.
The youngster is the son of Gerald Hall, 36. The boy suffered second- and third-degree burns.
Glen Hall already is on probation for a charge of operating under the influence causing serious injury, state Department of Corrections records show. He pleaded guilty in 2003 in Isabella County.