BAY CITY, Mich.
A Bay City man who authorities say abused his 7-year-old son and allowed others to torture the boy has pleaded guilty in the case to a charge of first-degree child abuse.
The 37-year-old man entered the plea Friday in Bay County Circuit Court. A charge of second-degree child abuse was dismissed as part of the plea. He faces nine to 15 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 21.
Authorities say the abuse took place in 2007 at the man's Bay City home, and a couple also living at the home starved, tortured and burned the child.
The case was uncovered in September 2007, when a social worker from the Department of Human Services visited the home and noticed a burn on the child's arm.
The boy's mother died in 2003. He has since been adopted by family members.