A mother from Battle Creek, Michigan is accused of child abuse against her four-year-old son, including starving him and locking him in a closet. 23-year-old Megan Schug was in court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
During the hearing, a detective with Department of Health and Human Services shared that four-year-old Maloyd Gaines was taken to the hospital covered in bruises and rashes. He was reported in critical condition. On March 22, authorities were alerted of suspected child abuse. They investigated the home where Schug lived with her son, boyfriend Isaac Miller and three other children.
Authorities saw horrid conditions and shared that the boy allegedly slept in a closet since February. "It was brought to my attention that when the door was open you could immediately smell an odor of human urine and feces and it got substantially stronger once we stepped into the closet," said Battle Creek Police Department Detective Ryan Strunk. They added that Schug and Miller allegedly starved the boy for days and beat him with a wooden slat.
Police believe the couple treated the boy like this because of his autism and the fact he's not Miller's biological child.
Schug and Miller face second degree child abuse charges. The prosecutor, Tamara Towns, said she expects new, more serious abuse charges based on the testimony.
[Photo: Battle Creek Enquirer/Dept of Corrections]