Abuse case moves forward

ESCANABA – A 21-year-old Gladstone man accused of seriously physically harming his 17-day-old baby was recently bound over to Delta County Circuit Court where he may make a plea or go to trial for first-degree child abuse.

Scott Alan Raminger, 21, of 532 N. 16th St., Gladstone, was arrested in December in connection with the alleged physical abuse of his infant daughter during a 17-day period in July into August, according to the complaint filed by Gladstone Public Safety.

Public Safety Director Paul Geyer said police were notified by Child Protective Services which had been called out to the Family Medical Center in Gladstone after the child was brought there by her parents on Aug. 9, 2012.

Personnel from Child Protective Services and the medical center were concerned about the child’s health and notified law enforcement, said Geyer. The baby was taken to OSF St. Francis Hospital then transferred to a hospital in Wisconsin, he said.

“Our investigation led to us requesting charges from the prosecutor’s office for child abuse based on the medical evidence,” Geyer explained Tuesday.

After authorization of an arrest warrant, Raminger turned himself in. He was arrested on Dec. 28, 2012, on one count of first-degree child abuse for knowingly or intentionally causing serious physical harm to the 17-day-old victim. The felony carries a maximum punishment of life in prison.

The case was bound over from district court to circuit court on Friday. Raminger remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.