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Suspect arrested after Berrien County 3-month-old found with critical injuries

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Michigan State Police Thursday found a 3-month old child in Berrien County who had sustained critical injuries.

Early Friday, 33-year-old Bradley Penley was charged with purposefully abusing that child.

Penley was living with the baby in Weesaw Township. He said he is engaged to the child's mother and was planning on adopting the baby this Spring after they got married.

Prosecutors say the child is suffering from bilateral skull fractures, two fractured femurs, a fractured fibulia, and fractured ribs.

Penley has been charged with child abuse, assault, and probation violation related to the child's injuries.

Penley has 15 prior convictions including assault and battery.

The risk assessment officer says Penley has a history of alcohol and marijuana abuse. The prosecutor says alcohol was involved in this incident.

Penley is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison, if found guilty.

Bond is set at a $1-million. If bond is met he will not be allowed any contact with his fiancée or her child.

The child was in stable condition Friday morning after being treated at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph and later was transferred to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids.

MSP reports the investigation is ongoing.


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