Child abuse case dismissed

ESCANABA – A child abuse case was dismissed in Delta County Circuit Court earlier this week at the request of the county prosecutor.

Following investigation into the alleged abuse of a 17-day-old child last year, a Gladstone man was arrested in connection with the case. Scott Alan Raminger, 21, was charged with first-degree child abuse for knowingly or intentionally causing serious physical harm to the infant.

County Prosecutor Steve Parks said he requested the charge be dismissed Wednesday because of the lack of evidence permitted in court and because of limitations of the law regarding the medical care of a child. Permissible evidence and current statutes would not support a conviction, he said.

The case was dismissed without prejudice, which allows for further investigation into the incident if new evidence arises, explained Parks. He noted the parental rights of the baby’s parents have been permanently terminated.

Concerns about the child’s health arose when her parents brought her to the Family Medical Center in Gladstone on Aug. 9, 2012. Personnel from the medical center and Child Protective Services were concerned about the child’s health and notified Gladstone Public Safety. The baby was taken to OSF St. Francis Hospital then transferred to a hospital in Wisconsin.